This video series is one of the best I’ve seen. Shot in London, England, it is not sensationalism or hype as most are. It’s just two ordinary women recording their daily activities.
You will clearly see Helen switch from an adult to different child personalities. The predominant and overt behavior shown is the instantaneous change in vocal tone, quality, and volume as she assumes the role of little boy. Voice change is a common behavior in people claiming to have child personalities. Some clinicians/therapists use the change in voice to support their diagnosis of multiple personalities. Individuals/patients often use voice change as proof that multiple personalities exist. I find it purely rubbish.
I was once diagnosed with multiple personalities and lived that lifestyle for nearly 7 years. During that time, I knew nearly a dozen other women similarly diagnosed in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA area. We spent a lot of time together both in, and out, of the hospital. We had apartments scattered around the city and spent time at each others homes and visited those who were hospitalized. An ever revolving community, we moved through life together, focusing on hospitalizations and our alter personalities.
I distinctly recall a particular evening when I was an inpatient. We were lounging around watching TV one boring evening. The room was filled with smoke, the fan meant to keep the air clean was roaring in the ceiling, and the TV blared beneath the chatter of patients swapping war stories. One of my friends was sitting on a sofa in her nightgown, knees drawn to her chest and hugging a teddy bear. She was speaking in a little girl voice. I was mesmerized wondering what she would do next.
What she did next was light a cigarette and take a long drag. She smoked all day, so smoking wasn’t odd – being a child smoking a cigarette as an adult kept me mesmerized until the session with my doctor the following day. I told him the story. He explained to me that she was “co-conscious” meaning she was more than one personality simultaneously. Again, I was mesmerized with him, with her, with myself and with the exotic diagnosis I unwittingly assumed
I think Helen is in full control of her mental thought processes and the behavior she chooses to display – although she claims to have no memory of what occurs when she changes into the persona of little boy.
Helen’s videographer friend bought into the belief system that her old-pal has multiple personalities and is willing to interact with her as if she indeed becomes a little boy. I wonder what type of video this would have been if Ruth, the videographer, thought her friend did not have multiple personalities and chose not to pander to Helen’s behavior? What if Ruth thought her friend’s lifestyle was just a ruse? Would Helen continue to enjoy the attention she received from the filming or would she have declined to be the star in this production?
During the videotaping, Helen and Ruth do not interact with the general public. The video is shot in several locations: Helen’s bedroom full of fluffy stuffed animals, in parks, on public transportation in an isolated area, and at a children’s playground.
Although Helen plays on the sliding board, she chooses not to interact with the children at the park. When I am at a children’s park, I hear the screams of delighted kids romping and running around. They jump, tumble, knock each other down, and sometimes cry. Helen did none of this.
I can only imagine what children enjoying the company of their peers would have experienced and reacted if this adult woman came to play with them while talking in a baby voice. How would they have responded if they saw the rows of self-inflicted scars up and down Helen’s arms? What would the parents of the children have done? Would Helen’s behavior warrant police and/or emergency intervention?
Videographer and star made sure we didn’t witness reality. So we will never know.
From the description on YouTube:
Helen and Ruth were best friends at school. Helen, according to Ruth, was one of the prettiest and cleverest girls in the class. Whenever Ruth thinks of school she thinks of the fun times she shared with Helen. Soon after leaving school, however, they lost contact. Fourteen years later Helen and Ruth bumped into each other by chance on a train. As they sat together on the train, Helen told Ruth that she had Multiple Personality Disorder, had been satanically and sexually abused as a child and had tried to take her own life on a number of occasions. Since that meeting six years ago Ruth and Helen have begun to rekindle their old friendship. This film follows Ruth on her journey of discovery into Helen’s world. We accompany her as she gets to know her friend again, as she tries to find out what happened to Helen in the fourteen years they were apart and to understand what it means for Helen to live with Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).
Retrieved 9/29/11.Helen Part I