Relating in a world of dissociation: the issue of support

Kymbra Clayton

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    This paper explores two of the main relationships which are significant to the individual with dissociative identity (DI): the client-therapist relationship and the individual's relationship with significant others. By examining recent research on DI and analysing transcripts of interviews, discourses are identified that challenge the traditional assumptions concerning the client-therapist relationship and then capacity of those with multiple selves to establish meaningful relationships. They offer new ways of looking at the role and significance of relationships in the life of the individual with DI. The social aspects of living with DI will then be examined, in particular, the use of the Web as a means of connection. This section of the paper is an exploration into what the Web facilitates for individuals with DI, the acceptance gained through online communities and how this further informs their sense of self and way of being in a society where multiple selves is still an unknown. I offer some preliminary findings, and some theoretical positionings. In particular, I explore how dissociative identity calls into question certain theories regarding the formulation of disorder and functionality, as well as theories of self and social identity, self-categorisation theory, and stereotyping theory. The attitudes, perceptions and experiences of permanent teachers and casual relief teachers working in primary schools and secondary schools in the government, independent and Catholic sectors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)123
    Number of pages1
    JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
    Issue numberSuppl. 1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventJoint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 26 Sep 200630 Sep 2006


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