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Unformatted text preview: mental health professionals accounts for the majority of
reported DID cases.
Many cases of DID come to light during hypnotic interviews, raising the
possibility of an iatrogenic etiology:
Through therapists, movies, books, talk shows, etc. “[Patients] come to believe that their
alter identities are real personalities rather than self-generated fantasies . . . . [They] learn
selfto construe themselves as possessing multiple selves, learn to present themselves in
terms of this construal, and learn to reorganize and elaborate on their personal biography
so as to make it congruent with their understanding of what it means be a multiple . . .”
Topic of DID has become associated with highly-implausible scenarios
highly(e.g., widespread Satanic ritual abuse, government mind-control research).
mind- 8 The Proponents’ View
Eugene Bliss: DID patients are highly susceptible to selfselfhypnosis.
They score high on tests of hypnotic susceptibility
They experience hypnosis as similar to the emergence of an
Early on (4-6 years of age), patient confronts unbearable
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