Dissociation : Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 024-032 : The Switch Process in Multiple Personality Disorder and Other State-Change Disorders

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Title: Dissociation : Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 024-032 : The Switch Process in Multiple Personality Disorder and Other State-Change Disorders
Author: Putnam, Frank W., 1947-
Abstract: This paper explores the properties of states of consciousness as they are revealed by the process of state-change or switching. Drawing on examples of state of consciousness transitions in infants, altered states of consciousness, and psychiatric disorders, a number of common principles are derived. These include the observation that states of consciousness are discrete self-organizing patterns of behavior differing along axes of affect, access to memory, attention and cognition, regulatory physiology, and sense of self. State transitions are marked by non-linear changes in these variables. A developmental model is outlined and the implications for treatment and further research are discussed.
Description: p. 24-32.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/1277
Date: 1988-03


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