The Social Construction of Multiple Personality Disorder

Steven Jay Lynn, Judith Pintar

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Abstract

In the first part of this paper, the senior author (SJL) provides a first-person account of his observations as a supervising psychologist at a state mental hospital that specialized in the treatment of multiple personality disorder (MPD). These observations encompass a fertile and influential period in the history of the evolving conceptualization and treatment of serious dissociative disorders. In the second part of the paper, Judith Pintar and the senior author maintain that MPD can be understood in terms of the way narratives of multiplicity are embedded in social interactions and emerge within the discourse of a psychotherapeutic relationship. The paper retains the conversational tone adopted in presenting an earlier version of the manuscript as a spoken commentary on Sherrill Mulhern’s talk on the topic of sociocultural factors in the treatment of multiple pesonality disorders.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecollections of Trauma
EditorsJ. Don Read, D. Stephen Lindsay
PublisherSpringer US
Chapter28
Pages483-491
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4757-2672-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4757-2674-9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

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personality disorder
social construction
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sociocultural factors
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human being
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Keywords

  • false memory
  • multiple identity
  • multiple personality
  • dissociative identity disorder
  • state mental hospital

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Lynn, S. J., & Pintar, J. (1997). The Social Construction of Multiple Personality Disorder. In J. D. Read, & D. S. Lindsay (Eds.), Recollections of Trauma (pp. 483-491). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-2672-5_28

The Social Construction of Multiple Personality Disorder. / Lynn, Steven Jay; Pintar, Judith.

Recollections of Trauma. ed. / J. Don Read; D. Stephen Lindsay. Springer US, 1997. p. 483-491.

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Lynn, SJ & Pintar, J 1997, The Social Construction of Multiple Personality Disorder. in JD Read & DS Lindsay (eds), Recollections of Trauma. Springer US, pp. 483-491. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-2672-5_28
Lynn SJ, Pintar J. The Social Construction of Multiple Personality Disorder. In Read JD, Lindsay DS, editors, Recollections of Trauma. Springer US. 1997. p. 483-491 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-2672-5_28
Lynn, Steven Jay ; Pintar, Judith. / The Social Construction of Multiple Personality Disorder. Recollections of Trauma. editor / J. Don Read ; D. Stephen Lindsay. Springer US, 1997. pp. 483-491
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