Personality Disorders: Multiple Personality Disorders

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There are four body bags lying on the floor. The house is roped off with crime scene tape, and there are cops wandering the scene, their faces showing a mixture awe and terror. The cries of the neighbors and friends of the family can be heard throughout the entire neighborhood, but no one dares to go near the gruesome scene. The death of the family leaves others wondering how and why someone would have the heart to rip lives away from innocent people. While some people do not consider people with personality disorders threatening or dangerous, they can have harmful or negative effects on other people, society, and themselves. To begin, the most common personality disorder is Multiple Personality Disorder. The name itself is self-explanatory because the mind of the person with this disorder creates more than one personality inside their head. Because the person behaves as if they have more than one personality, it used to be believed as the “phenomenon of possession” (Coons 1) instead of a clinical disease. Clinically it is defined as “the existence of two or more distinct personalities” (Coons 1) in which the “dominant” personality “determines the individual’s behavior” (Coons 1). If a person has multiple personalities, it would be difficult to remember exactly who they are, what they have done, or any memories of the past because their personalities would always be conflicting. When a human being is unstable in the mind, they create not only a threat to their well-being, but a threat to the well-being of innocent by-standers, family members, coworkers, and friends. Unfortunately, the causes of Multiple Personality Disorder can be traumatizing. The most common causes are sexual and physical abuse, death of family members, chi... ... middle of paper ... ....” WebMD – Better Information. Better Health. Ed. Michael W. Smith. WebMD, 17 Apr. 2008. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. “What Causes Personality Disorders?” American Psychological Association, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013. Zuriff, G. E. “Personality Disorders Should Not Be Accommodated in the Workplace.” Mental Illness. Greenhaven Press, 2000. Web. 17 Dec. 2013.

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