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Dissociative Identity Disorder: Inter-identity Amnesia and Sense of Self Across Time

Research Day Webinar 2021

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About the Course:

Laboratory research continues to explore the complexity of dissociative identity disorder (DID) as fleshed out in the clinical literature. The nature of reported amnesia between dissociative identities has been a central topic of empirical and clinical interest, and laboratory studies have sought to determine the degree to which information is inaccessible to recall by other identities. Another topic of conceptual interest to understanding DID is the nature of self-continuity, or the experience of sense of self over time in dissociative identities. This presentation outlines recent research exploring episodic memory retrieval across identities reporting amnesia for each other. In addition, it also explores diachronicity unity, the sense of self over time in dissociative identities. This work has been conducted using both experimental paradigms and survey designs. Results show evidence of memory accessibility even in cases that reported inter-identity, suggesting that at least in some cases, amnesia may be more related to metacognitive rather than cognitive processes, and that self-continuity may be somewhat tenuous at least in some dissociative identities.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Dissociative Identity Disorder: Inter-identity Amnesia and Sense of Self Across Time created by Martin Dorahy, PhD in 2021.

Publication Date:

2021 Jul 2021

Course Material Author

Martin Dorahy, PhD

Martin Dorahy, PhD, DClinPsych, is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a clinical, research and theoretical interest in complex trauma, dissociative disorders and self-conscious emotions (e.g., shame). He has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited four books in the area of psychotraumatology. He is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, New Zealand Psychological Society, and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He maintains a clinical practice, focused primarily on the adult sequelae of childhood relational trauma. He enjoys skiing and downhill mountain biking and would like to be much better at both!

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Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the nature of inter-identity amnesia in DID.

  2. Identify self-continuity in dissociative identities.

  3. Describe the latest findings on inter-identity amnesia and self-continuity in DID.

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