Dating a woman with personality disorders
'I think the fact our environments tend to have a lot of stability to them contributes to the consistency that we tend to display,' says Johnson.
Then, a family tragedy triggered a cataclysmic psychological change.
If the abuse goes on over years, and also if different scenarios and perpetrators are involved, many different parts may splinter off.
It's the dissociation that allows the child to keep going. 'It's using your unconscious cognition to adapt your way of thinking and behaviour in order to be more safe,' Aquarone says.
Formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is characterized by 'switching' to alternate identities.
According to the Mayo Clinic, people with the disorder may feel the presence of two of more people talking or living inside their head, and they may feel as though they're possessed by other identities.