Since observation is the most common method of assessment, for this module/week’s Discussion Board Forum, you will exercise your observational skills and write a summary of your observations. After wa
Multiple personality disorder also referred to as dissociative identity disorder, is a condition in which a person’s identity divided into various distinct personality states. Personality refers to various attributes, including emotions, behavior, temperament, and the state of mind that characterizes a unique individual. According to Ringrose (2018), an individual has only one personality, and a person exhibiting several personalities is said to be suffering from a dissociative identity disorder. The video I watched is about a patient, Tony, who is suffering from multiple personalities and is having a therapy session with Dr. Howland. As narrated, Tony has fifty-three personalities, but three of his personalities stand out of the rest: Tony, the original; Richard, his cousin who had a brain tumor and died and; Dede, the one who remembers everything (Annenberg Learner, 2018). The therapist states that Tony has an issue of free-flowing consciousness, and he believes that he shares his body with many people.
At the beginning of the video, Tony is talking in the woods about his current condition, and he places himself in the third person meaning that he is detached from his present situations. He smokes to help him handle some of the situations such as stress or when other personalities take over him. Tony seems to be bothered about his condition, but he cannot believe that he can have changed. Besides, Richard avoids questions, and when asked whether he knew his wife, Gloria, he states that Tony is married to Gloria and not him (Annenberg Learner, 2018). Also, when his personality shift, Tony showed changes in body language such as coughing, rubbing his eyes, shaking hands nervously, and seemed to be distracted from his surroundings. He changed his personality from Tony to Richard and Anthony. However, Richard took charge whenever the therapist wanted to prob deeper to obtain any important information. At the end of the video, Tony goes back to the woods, and he shares his thoughts concerning the outcomes of the brain imaging test. He wanted evidence to prove that he has other personalities, and the test enabled him to understand what was happening was real, as seen through clarity and confidence, his words, breathing, and posture.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV).
Annenberg Learner (2018). The Brain: Teaching Modules – Multiple Personality. Retrieved May 15, 2020, from https://www.learner.org/series/the-brain-teaching-modules/multiple-personality/
Ringrose, J. L. (2018). Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder (or Multiple Personality Disorder). Routledge.