Re: Multiple Personalities

Anders Sandberg (
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 23:52:38 +0100 (MET)

On Fri, 1 Nov 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> >> Of course, we don't consider multiple personalities to be a "disorder".
> >> That's just the way things are for us. If our internal organization
> >> interfered with our goals, then it could be considered a "disorder"
> >
> >A very good definition. I usually define something as "disease" or
> >"unhealth" if it limits the victim's possibilities - if it instead
> >enhances them it is good.
> But true mp disorder results from a childhood trauma so the disorder isn't
> particularly normal.

No, and it is usually linked to other personality problems. "Normal" MPS
is hardly anything I would want; I prefer the transhuman version
(MPE, Multiple Personality Enhancement?).

For a fictional treatment of MPE, see Walter John William's _Aristoi_,
where practically all people have AI-supported independent
subpersonalities doing multitask work.

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