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All of Me

How I Learned to Live with the Many Personalities Sharing My Body

by Kim Noble

All of Me
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    Oct 2012, 384 pages
    Oct 2012, 384 pages

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DID and Art Therapy

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) "is a dissociative disorder involving a disturbance of identity in which two or more separate and distinct personality states (or identities) control the individual's behavior at different times. When under the control of one identity, the person is usually unable to remember some of the events that occurred while other personalities were in control. The different identities, referred to as alters, may exhibit differences in speech, mannerisms, attitudes, thoughts, and gender orientation. The alters may even differ in 'physical' properties such as allergies, right-or-left handedness, or the need for eyeglass prescriptions. These differences between alters are often quite striking."

In the case of Kim Noble (the name of the body who is host to her many personalities), 14 of her alters have been drawn to art therapy – specifically painting – as a way of coping with DID. Amazingly, ...

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