WhiteFox Wrote:I honestly don't mean to be rude to anyone about this, I'm just curious. I'm not a multiple myself, so I just don't know.
Is being a multiple different from being a person with multiple personality disorder, or other psychological "disorders" where multiple personalities/persons can be considered a sign? Or is that all just a matter of perspective?
Our answer would be that the psychological 'disorders' are a form of multiplicity but that there are other forms where the psychological models do not apply. Yes, our introduction to multiplicity was on the psychological side of things, but somewhere along the line (and we forget how and when) it became clear to us that not all multiples are trauma based. Some of that may be from having read "Multiple Man : Explorations in Possession and Multiple Personality" by Adam Crabtree.
That is not the only answer out there. There are some multiples who will tell you that the psychological models explain all forms of multiplicity. It would not surprise us to learn that there may be others that believe that the psychological side is completely false and no multiple is truely trauma based. We just haven't run into them.