Multiple Personality Disorder

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In early times evil spirits were thought to possess people and make them act in strange and frightening ways. By the 1800’s the study of this hysteria lead some doctors to believe that one person could have separately functioning personalities.

In a rare research film from the 1920’s a woman has different personalities who believe they are separate people. One is a male who is not comfortable in women clothes, another is a small child. There’s a college girl with multiple personalities and one of them wants to kill her. And another example is a 40 year old police officer who has a tortured child living within him.

The affliction has been known by different names but recognized for centuries. Today it is called dissociative identity disorder or multiple personality disorder. Despite its age, this documentary does a good job at taking us deeper into this interesting psychological subject.