Do Comic Book Heros Have Classic Multiple Personalities?

You bet they do, albeit a bit more flamboyant. The concept of changing from one person, or identity, to another remains similar. I wish this bizarre and bogus diagnosis could be confined to comic books, but to some people it’s real and their lifestyles far more bizarre than changing into a superhero.

Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013

by MoonKnight1

“When you get down to it, most super heroes/villains could be diagnosed with MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder). I mean the very definition of MPD could be having a “secret identity” and an “alter ego”.

But some take it to a more extreme level.an changing into a super hero.”

Check out the super heroes listed below:

Aurora, Marvel Comics

The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Comics

Moon Knight, Marvel Comics

Rogue, Marvel Comics

Batman villains Two-Face, Ventriloquist, and Scarface, DC Comics

Crazy Jane, Doom Patrol

The Badger, Mike Baron

retrieved 11-25-13 Comic Collective

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  1. Always find it interesting when Rogue comes up because yes she does have other people in her head, but any time they take control shes considered insane and dangerous. They always cause her to harm herself or others, and she always takes full responsiblitiy for their actions as do others. It’s never in the comics oh rogue’s other personalty did this, its always Rogue did this. Cause in the end its all Rogue’s doing. Only difference was when they did the Carol Danver’s arc, but then it was explained that was all of Carol herself up there.

    But then again this is comics, comics as said before are not reality. I’m just a big Rogue fan so figured I’d comment.

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    • Thank you for your comments, Jessica. Much appreciated.

      People living as if they have multiple personalities have similar experiences to Rogue as you noted. The thought processes are outside of the usual human experience but the danger lies more at self-harm than harm to others. If we count the emotional harm caused to loved ones, like spouses and children, then the harm factor rises.

      You say that Rogue takes full responsibility for her actions? Then she’s way ahead of people who think they have multiple personalities because they often don’t take responsibility for their actions, rather the blame is put on the alter.

      I think Rogue is farther ahead of patients in treatment for multiple personalities. Therapists too often pander to the personalities so I Rogue seems more oriented towards reality.

      Glad you stopped by, Best. J

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      • Yep, it seemed to get quiet here for a bit glad to see its picking up again. Yea she kicks herself for what they do, its not glorified in the comics as media sometimes does. They portray it as hell for her.

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  2. Rachel

     /  11/26/2013

    The superheroes in comics are 1)fictional & 2)even if they were real (and this is a stretch), they get to choose when to be mild mannered and when to transform.
    In real life, most people living with mpd/did do not function obviously and flamboyantly as these fictional characters. On the contrary, most would never know they had the condition- they function so successfully and so fluidly.
    Only when severely triggered or in dire crisis do things become more apparent.
    In terms of treatment, imo, living as a multi my/ourself, it needs major upgrading and haul over.
    ‘We’ respond much better to treatment when treated as a solid human being with excessive sensitivity to trauma than if ‘wezre’ treated as a broken person who needs to create imaginary universes and relive every awful thing we’ve been through.
    I encourage you to google Babette Rothschild. I think she is on the right track here- if there is such a thing.

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    • Hello Rachel, thank you for stopping by.

      I support treatment focused on treating clients as strong individuals, rather than broken people however this doesn’t seem possible since DID is about parts and alter personalities who are encouraged to tell their stories. I don’t see how this is viewing the client as a whole person. The very premise and nature of the treatment is focused on the alleged fragmented psyche.

      My experiences and research shows the systematic dismantling of the personality structure once people are diagnosed with DID. They often are so involved in treatment that the rest of their lives suffer, they lose jobs, friends, and spend lots of time in psychological pain.

      I’d love to hear from people who function well as you note. These people, however, either don’t exist or don’t share their successes with others who may be suffering.

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