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This paper attempts to offer a perspective of the MPD phenomenon based on current clinical experience. The co-authors representing clinical psychiatry and clinical psychology are active in the treatment and research of over 60 patients manifesting the MPD disorder. Me authors take the view that the mind is polypsychic with a multitude of psychological systems and processes existing in conjunction with one another; in the normal as well as in the abnormal. In the healthy individual, the unity of self is maintained by integrative and/or associative mechanisms. In the MPD individual, ego states are dissociated or fragmented and poorly coordinated due to the effects of unusual stress on the unity of the sense of self. The alters appear as defensive strategies. Implications for personality theory need to be considered.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1987-01-01

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