I had an experience last night with vegie that I can only characterize as bizarre. I was having a back and forth with board idiot (and I think a dung beetle) tastajoe. Out of no where came vegie to defend me. I thought to myself that maybe vegie was turning a new leaf and had finally figured out the error of her past ways. However, within minutes she was back calling me names again just like the old and tired vegie. I have never seen a person switch from being supportive to being combative in such a short period of time (literally minutes). I was like wow that is very strange. Anyway I found this definition of Dissociative Identity Disorder on the internet and it seems to fit to a T what I observed from behavior of vegie. The part about having personalities with their own age and sex also seems to fit with vegie's observed behavior. Sometime her screen name has a women's personality (vagan_yoga) and some times it is a man (man_dog ).
"Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or personality states that continually have power over the person's behavior. With dissociative identity disorder, there's also an inability to recall key personal information that is too far-reaching to be explained as mere forgetfulness. With dissociative identity disorder, there are also highly distinct memory variations, which fluctuate with the person's split personality.
The "alters" or different identities have their own age, sex, or race. Each has his or her own postures, gestures, and distinct way of talking. Sometimes the alters are imaginary people; sometimes they are animals. As each personality reveals itself and controls the individuals' behavior and thoughts, it's called "switching." Switching can take seconds to minutes to days. When under hypnosis, the person's different "alters" or identities may be very responsive to the therapist's requests."