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Is there any difference between being able to switch with your tulpae and having multiple personality disorder? MPD is different from dissociative identity disorder; treatment for MPD focuses on helping you coexist peacefully with your mind-buddies, while treatment for DID involves... well, padded cells and therapy and all that other crazy person stuff.

 

So, just in case anyone asks, we need to get our facts straight about the differences between switching with your tulpae and MPD.

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^ I think you're thinking of DID, wherein the host/original persona blacks out while someone else is in control. I'd also like to point out that (to my knowledge) the only difference between switching and MPD is that with switching both parties are conscious and they consent to switch, whereas with MPD it seems a bit more... random.

 

Also, a disorder is only considered a disorder if it negatively affects your daily functioning. It could turn out that tulpae are nothing more than consciously-induced MPD and the vast majority of tulpaforcers would still have nothing clinically wrong with them.

 

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here's the different

 

MPD is involuntary, and seems to dis-functional makes the life of the person worse thus the "Disorder", and people with these disorder identify with these as different personality's but perhaps not as different entities.

 

switching is voluntary and can be controlled and it seems that while switched the original conciseness is still active (doing things in the wonderland or guiding the tulpa).

 

However Glitch i must confess the similarities are there.

 

very insightful.

 

And if someone saw my possession first hand i'd be labeled with MPD quicker than I can say "what"

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Yes, as a psychologist it is my duty to be unbiased when it comes to my research. Unfortunately that means accepting the hard truth if this turns out to be nothing more than self-induced MPD, much as it'd disappoint and sadden me for that to be the case.

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It would be profoundly sad if switching is just "self-induced MPD", but yet again people think that imposing your tulpas is "self-induced schizophrenia"

 

It's kind of hard to say.... I mean when you are possessed 1st hand, when your tulpa makes you speak a different way, and do different things. I myself no way can i ever say this is "MPD".

 

But maybe Perhaps if you had to go by the textbook you can define switching legally as "MPD", but There might be multiple ways to achieve "MPD" tulpas being one of them. (minus the "disorder")

 

When i do achieve switching i'd be as detailed as possible, I Promise.

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Huh, I thought DID was just an alternate name for MPD. But then again, I did read about it from some rather obscure internet articles.

 

To the best of my understanding, DID/MPD are disorders that usually develop in response to childhood trauma. Switching with the alternate "personality" is usually involuntary and causes distress to the person. They often can't recall what happened when the personality took over. It's really interesting to read about, but it's not the same thing as switching. Switching is voluntary and you can generally reason with the tulpa and trust her not to do anything to harm you or anyone else when she's in your body. People with MPD/DID can't always do that.

 

At least to me, they seem similar on the surface, but they're not the same thing. Really, though, it shouldn't matter that much. So long as you can do fun and interesting things with switching, I personally don't think it matters what it is in a psychological sense. Even if it is just a form of self-induced MPD, it's still cool. ^^

 

Tess and I will certainly try switching, but we're a looong way off from that right now.

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Well, even if tulpas may be MPD without the D, there's no reason to be sad about it. I mean, you get an awesome friend and your life generally turns out better, so why feel sad about sort of labeled with some already existing diagnostic?

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MPD is different from dissociative identity disorder; treatment for MPD focuses on helping you coexist peacefully with your mind-buddies, while treatment for DID involves... well, padded cells and therapy and all that other crazy person stuff.

Where the hell are you getting this from? MPD is just the outdated name for DID.

 

Anyway, from my understanding, DID and tulpas seem to involve very similar mechanisms at the very least. I wouldn't be surprised if tulpas were basically DID minus the memory loss and the consciousnesses being unaware of each other. Contrary to what Glitch said, treatment for DID does not involve "padded cells". Most therapists try and bond with each of the personalities and even may introduce them to each other. Some therapists don't even consider the integration of the personalities into one to be completely necessary.

 

So, long story short, yes, I imagine the switching we do and the switching experienced by those with DID is similar. No, I don't think that's a bad thing, because the switching we do isn't really disordered.

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