Some material in this section may seem to read like a really bad work of fantasy-fiction. You might suspect that the author has dissociated from reality. However, we assure you that sincere, intelligent and caring people really do hold these beliefs. In the past -- prior to the mid 1990s -- many more did. They learned and taught them at seminars and conferences. Specialists used them during therapy and exorcisms. One result was many patients/clients who entered therapy with minor emotional problems became convinced that their minds have been fractured into many personalities. Many became emotionally disabled and unable to function as workers, spouses and parents. A few committed suicide.
Almost all counselors and therapists have now abandoned MPD and DID. As the effects of therapy wear off, many survivors of MPD are abandoning their multiplicity. However, victims of this therapy still surface from time to time.
Many newscasters, commentators, etc. use the term "schizophrenia" in error when referring to a person appearing to have multiple personalities.
This is a wild ride, so fasten your seat belts.
None of us at ReligiousTolerance.org believe that MPD/DID is a naturally occurring, psychological disorder. However, we have tried to describe accurately all viewpoints, including the current dominant belief.
This is one of the few locations on the Internet where you can see all belief systems described together and compared. Essentially all other websites define one viewpoint only.
MPD/DID topics discussed in this section:
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