psychological dissociation


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psychological dissociation

A disunion of mind of which the person is not aware (e.g., dual personality, fugue, somnambulism, selective amnesia).
See also: dissociation
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Narrative dissociation is a term I use to explain the writer's literary strategy that depicts psychological dissociation. The author manipulates language and traditional narrative forms in order to represent how the mind works when it confronts trauma: the extreme emotional states and the sense of doubleness and confusion that frequently accompany the experience.
However, recent empirical and clinical evidence have been highlighting and corroborating a high degree of comorbidity between such disorders and a constant interplay between somatic and psychological dissociation. In the following case study, the clinical constellation of the patient nicely illustrates that her dissociative defenses began as a Conversion Disorder and how, after a mishandling of the case by a clinician, her dissociation symptoms were instantly transformed in a typical Dissociative Amnesia Disorder.
Several other aspects of the archetypal shaman fit my own sense of self-identification: wide-ranging interests, affinity for wild or remote settings, psychological dissociation, special interest in altered states of consciousness, and a larger world view than most people.
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