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Multiplicity: We Dual Wield

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Published: January 10, 2011
Someone in the LJ multiplicity community submitted a demotivational poster of a guy in a straitjacket with the text "Schizophrenia - In a battle of wits, I dual wield." Funny in concept, offensive in execution. The guy in a straitjacket in a rubber room is a stereotyped and offensive caricature of mental illness, and schizophrenia and multiplicity are completely different things.

So... here, I fixed it for you.
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CryoftheBeast's avatar
CryoftheBeast Traditional Artist
I totally gonna share this on FB.:)
theroyalus's avatar
theroyalusProfessional Traditional Artist
Feel free. :-)

-One
PersonaThief's avatar
PersonaThiefProfessional Digital Artist
^.^ Love the sentimate--I'll HAVE to show this to a group of friends of mine! :B

I was first introduced to the concept of multiplicity when I told a friend of mine I didn't make friends easily. She told me--"Well, could've fooled me. You made 9 in one go!" and then went on to explain that her body contained people other than herself, known as headmates (I forget all their names...lovely bunch. Rave and Erin were the two of the system I spoke to most often, Erin being the "core" as some might say.) Shame she put such a tight leash on them all...poor girls don't get to breath fresh air much.

^_^ I'd like to see any other de/motivationals "theroyalus" can come up with. :P
Stegasuar-Henry's avatar
I love this 8D It made me giggle..It's one of those "it's funny 'cuz it's true" moments xD
MsDarkVanilla's avatar
MsDarkVanillaHobbyist General Artist
As a singular I feel so out number ^__~
LastBestHopeforPeace's avatar
HAH! that's wonderful. As a system, we a prove
DiscountBinNinja's avatar
DiscountBinNinjaProfessional Digital Artist
In addition to the nice things other people have said, that is a very nice hat.
theroyalus's avatar
theroyalusProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I love that hat.

-Ian
MysticEden's avatar
MysticEdenHobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice :D And yes we do hehe XD
BaaingTree's avatar
I approve this so hard. Thanks, guys.

Or triple wield, or quadruple wield...

--Rogan
theroyalus's avatar
theroyalusProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Our next big photo project will be 8 or so of us, with the caption "In a battle of wits, we have the whole arsenal."
BaaingTree's avatar
I approve of this endeavor and look forward to seeing the results. We've considered doing something like that, except none of us have any skill with photography, and we try not to put photos of us up online.

That or just plain, "In a battle of wits, we have you outnumbered."

--Rogan
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theroyalusProfessional Traditional Artist
In the big group photo, we'll all have our faces hidden or obscured somehow (partly because most of us don't identify with this face). It's generally taboo to put photos of ourselves online, so I was kind of surprised to see that Ronin put this one up. I guess the awesomeness of this pic outweighs the risks. We're also a fairly out group (we even came out at church), so it's not as big a deal for us as it is for some.

I don't really have much photography skill either. Making photos like this is easier than it looks.
BaaingTree's avatar
Yeah, I can empathize with that; I really don't want people associating the body's face with me. It's a good body, but given the choice, I'd rather use my own.

Kudos on being out! We haven't quite reached that point, but perhaps one day, if we have a job we don't worry about being outed at...

--Rogan
xDivinityx's avatar
I hate how people equate schizophrenia to having a split personality or multiple personalities.. I don't know where it started, but it runs rampant. The media / television perhaps?
Either way, it annoys the hell out of me. Especially considering the fact that schizophrenia really has nothing to do with alters, and more to do with having a different reality than everyone else. It's not the same. =/

Oh, and I like this picture. =D
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theroyalusProfessional Traditional Artist
I think there's three sources that started the problem... One, the word "schizoprhenia" translates as "split mind," which isn't really a good descriptor of schizophrenia but (in common perception) describes multiplicity. Two, schizophrenia has been used in the past as a wastebasket diagnosis, so multiples have been misdiagnosed as schizophrenic, especially by psych professionals who doubt the MPD/DID diagnosis. Three, most people who don't know much about mental illness tend to equate "mentally ill" with "schizophrenic," throwing other categories in there as well such as bipolar and BPD.

The confusion doesn't end with schizophrenia. I once told someone that I'd been diagnosed with both bipolar and multiplicity, and they said, "I thought they're the same thing?"

-Ian
xDivinityx's avatar
I didn't know some of that stuff.. but now I do.. and I'm glad.
I can't believe people are stupid enough to also think that bipolar is the same thing as DID. Durr.

I've experienced doctors who don't believe DID exists, however..
I can't get a proper diagnosis, because I have a previous diagnosis of BPD.. so I must just be an attention seeker and a really good actor, right? =/
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theroyalusProfessional Traditional Artist
Ugh... my perception is that people tend to treat someone diagnosed as BPD as "don't believe anything this person says, they're full of lies and drama." Just like sometimes people try to invalidate any strong emotion I have as "it's just the bipolar talking."

Never mind that multiples are notoriously misdiagnosed several times before getting a DID diagnosis.

How necessary is the diagnosis to you? I found it pretty useless overall, other than that it shuts some people up when they start saying I'm "not really multiple." Finding a psych professional who'll deal with someone diagnosed as DID can be really difficult.

We've had to do extensive selves-therapy, and work out our problems among ourselves, and we've come a really far way. There are certain things we're going to need a psych person for, though, and getting one isn't easy.

-Ian
xDivinityx's avatar
Yeah, they do treat people with BPD like that.
There's a huge negative stigma attached to the disorder.. most medical professionals think that people with BPD are manipulative, selfish, attention-seeking compulsive liars.
Many places won't even admit patients with BPD. None of my suicide attempts have ever been taken seriously because I have that diagnosis.

Getting a diagnosis of DID is somewhat important to me.. just so that I have an official diagnosis. So that my main diagnosis is no longer just BPD, and I might be taken more seriously.. and so that people know I'm not faking it. I don't know.. I think I just want it for my own peace of mind. I know that it's a useless diagnosis otherwise.
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theroyalusProfessional Traditional Artist
Argh. First they categorize us, then they brush us off by denying those categories. It would be nice to be seen as people for a change.

Unfortunately, you might find that a DID diagnosis will get you just as ignored as a BPD diagnosis, and lots of place won't take DID patients either. Some psychiatrists will apparently give people a DDNOS (Dissociative Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified) diagnosis instead so that multiples can "save face" and avoid the psych profession's stigma.

-Ian
RhayvenNite's avatar
RhayvenNiteHobbyist General Artist
Dont see why people always confuse the two...
hokumon's avatar
Thank you! I was thinking of fixing it myself but then didn't because I was afraid I'd cause trouble again... :/
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