At Its Most Extreme, This Disorder Is Known as Split Personality. But We All Experience It

Three Israeli psychotherapists shed a spotlight on dissociation – one of the most mysterious and least diagnosed of psychological phenomena

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“Patients have come to me who have everything – a fine home, a wife they love, children, money – but they don’t enjoy life, even though they’re not in a state of depression,” clinical psychologist Netzer Daie relates.

“It has to do with dissociation, detachment. These are generally people who are impelled by the achievement part of the ego, the competitive part that makes an impression. There is a disconnect between it and the childlike part, which is responsible for enjoyment and satisfaction. So they have a feeling of living in survival mode, despite their multiple successes. Relatively short-term therapy can introduce these parts within them to each other, get them to cooperate. Therapy of that kind can produce amazing results.”