Who knew there was a National Multiple Personality Day?
Well, as far as I know, there’s only one of me in here, but hey, I’m all for celebrations, so let’s do this!
I’m an avid reader and have managed to devour several books on this subject, written by both victims, and doctors. I think everyone has heard of Sybil. And The Three Faces of Eve. There is also The Flock by Joan Frances Casey, and Jeckyll On Trial by Elyn R. Saks.
I love this subject. I’d love to interview several alters of a first child and get to know all the parts of a person with multiple personality, now known as dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID.
As a writer, one of my favorite subjects is Psychological Drama. All of my writing incorporates the deep psychological reasons for why my characters do what they do. I think our actions are the result of things that have occurred in our lives, good things and bad. My characters have all gone through tough times and make decisions based on their own experiences.
In my novel, Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery, Trey Fontaine grew up wanting to be in law enforcement because his dad died on the job. The three kids who are killing abusive men were abused. Detective Russell Coleman is determined to find justice for family members because they have suffered injustice. Detective Gemini Taylor became a cop to solve a murder in her past.
I write to prove to myself that I am educated and capable because I didn’t get to go to school much as a kid and no one gave much thought to what I might be able to do with my life. Everyone took it for granted that I would marry and have kids, and do what my husband said. College was never considered. Nor was High School. As a matter of fact, I attended less than six years of school all together, including kindergarten, before I went to college. Maybe that’s the part of school that I remember. Maybe there’s another me inside who attended school part of the time. Would I even know?
Do you suppose that we are all a little…what’s the right word…tweaked? I mean, isn’t your personality different when you change hats? Don’t you act and think differently when you’re dealing with children, then when you’re dealing with adults? Aren’t you different with your spouse than with your boss?
I’m a daughter, a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend, a writer, a promoter, a pet owner…and a few things I won’t confess to, and my behavior, conversation and word choice are different according to which hat I’m wearing at the time. The time to worry is when someone tells me I did something and I don’t remember it. Which has happened. There are tons of memories I don’t have, which could explain a lot. Am I a sick puppy? Or do I just have a poor memory? Whatever. All I know is, there’s a celebration at hand.
So, let’s all raise our glasses to Multiple Personality Day! May you get to know your other selves and remember that talking to yourself is common, but answering yourself may be a sign that you need to seek professional help.