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Mindsplit: The Psychology of Multiple Personality and the Dissociated Self

McKellar, Peter

 McKellar heads the Psychology Department at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He reviews his research and that of others on dissociation, particularly in its extreme forms as in dual and multiple personality. He views phenomena interpreted by some as demonic possession, spirit controls, mediumistic trance, reincarnation, clairvoyance, and OBEs as explainable in terms of normal psychology by dissociation, multiple personality, co-consciousness, and mental images. He calls for renewed interest in the neglected content of dissociation as casting "a fresh slant on a wide range of psychological phenomena." He suggests that the hypothesis of personality subsystems that are linked, but have amnesic barriers between them, may be useful in making a more sophisticated classification of mental behavior than we have had. He feels neglect of this approach by mainstream psychology has resulted in an exaggeration of the distinction between normal and abnormal.
Publisher Information:London: J.M. Dent, 1979. 188p. Glossary. Index. 108 refs
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