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Common Terms Used When Discussing Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)/Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)

The Core: The original birth personality.

Personalities: The fragmented pieces of a child's psyche that holds trauma.

Hysterical Neurosis/Multiple Personality Disorder: The presence of two or more separate and distinct personalities who take turns using the body.

Common terms pertaining to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)/Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)Other terms used for personalities: Alter egos, alter states, selves, parts (a subjective term).

Executive: When a personality (alter ego) has control of the body.

Host personality: Another term for the personality that has control of the body.

Dissociate: Webster's definition - to break the connection between or to disunite.

Switch: To switch from one personality to another.

Who's out? A common question used to determine which personality is executive or host.

Co-conscious(ness): (The Core) A state of being aware of what the other personalities are doing and saying.

Hysterical Conversion Symptoms/body memories: Physical phenomenon such as pain, smells, tastes, etc.; re-experienced again.

Re-live: A total memory recall (includes visual, emotional, physical and all other senses).

Dx: Internet Slang referring to the term 'Diagnosed'. When were you Dxed?=When were you diagnosed?



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Writer, H. (2008, December 31). Common Terms Used When Discussing Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)/Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/wermany/terms-used-when-discussing-dissociative-identity-disorder-did-multiple-personality-disorder-mpd

Last Updated: September 24, 2015

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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