“… more than one self”

“Distinct from the normal-pathological {axis}, dissociation connotes two distinct sets of phenomena whose relationship remains uncertain – {faculty} dissociation and multiplicity – and which commonly co-occur. “Faculty dissociation” implies a disruption in the normal integration of the psychological faculties or functioning of a given consciousness with a sense of self.  Multiplicity implies the presence of more than one centre of consciousness, more than one self” (Dell & O’Neil, 2009).  [Definition – Commentary]


{axis} a point or continuum on which something centers determined (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017).

{faculty} obsolete :  personal characteristics or capacity :disposition  (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017).


[Ann’s MW 07-08-17 @ 11:37AM]

So, with faculty dissociation – there is one person who suffers a “disruption” in their abilities/facility. With “Multiplicity,” it isn’t as much a “loss,” as a gain into the introduction of another self.  The other self isn’t a loss, she’s a gain of another perspective.



Dell, P. F. & O’Neil, J. A. (2009).  Preface.  In P. F. Editor & J. A. Editor (Eds.), Dissociation and the dissociative disorders:  DSM-V and beyond.  New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged. 11 July 2017. Retrieved from unabridged.merriam-webster.com


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