“Multiples””Multiplicity” or “Plural People” is a controversial topic.
In the media and the psychiatric world, multiplicity is associated with a personality disorder.
Dissociative Identity Dissorder’s DSM IV Criteria are:
- The presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states (each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self).
- At least two of these identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person’s behavior.
- Inability to recall important personal information that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
- The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., blackouts or chaotic behavior during Alcohol Intoxication) or a general medical condition (e.g., complex partial seizures). Note: In children, the symptoms are not attributable to imaginary playmates or other fantasy play.
I don’t meet those criteria, but I am a collective.
It’s taken me about 8 years to fully accept that and go public about it.
This page is a pointer for the section of the blog where all members of The Collective Magic speak freely about their experiences.
(I’m using singular pronouns here for the sake of clarity. Some posts will necessarily use plural pronouns.)
- Multiplicity is real.
- Multiplicity can be healthy.
- Not all multiples want to integrate.
- We will not approve or respond to any comments from readers who want to debate these points.