The response included in this post is based on this article ^^
This article is based upon the similarities between DID and “Spirit Possession Syndrom” or SPS. SPS is ” The condition of spirit possession, that is full or partial takeover of a living human by a discarnate being, has been recognized or at least theorized, in every era and in every culture. This condition has been called possession state, spirit possession, spirit possession syndrome, spirit obsession, or spirit attachment (Hyslop, 1917; Wickland, 1924, 1934; Allison, 1980; Guirdham, 1982; McAll, 1982; Crabtree, 1985; Fiore, 1987; Baldwin, 1992), and Dissociative Trance Disorder (APA, 1994, pp. 728-729).”
The article says that an attachment can be intentional, neutral or comepletely random/accidental. It also says that between 70-100% of people are influenced by one or more “spirit entities” at one point in their life. Baldwin also says in this article that a mental or physical symptom, “repressed negative feeling” and other factors can act similar to a magnet, and attract a “discarnate entity” or spirit with the same issue. Other ways to attract a spirit are altering consciousness with alcohol or drugs, includeing anesthetics during surgery and organs transplanted from the attached body to a new body.
A couple similarities between DID and SPS:
1.) Hypnosis is a common method to treat DID and it is also a method of “probing for any attached entity that may be interfering with a client.”
2.) “alters” usually believe that they own the body. When a sprit feels that it may be dislodged from a comfortable place, It may attempt to pursuade the therapist that “the body they inhabit is their own.”
Spirit attachment is not affected by psychotherapy. Drugs will make PSP worse, and the only to get rid of the disorder is by “Spirit Releasement Therapy.” The text says ” Spirit releasement therapy procedures are not dangerous or frightening once a client is aware of the reality of the situation.”
In bold text at the end of the article, Baldwin states :
The two disorders have some characteristics in common that appear similar in outward manifestations, yet are distinct from one another in cause or precipitating factors, onset, history, diagnosis, prognosis, and successful treatment, and must be diagnosed and treated appropriately. The treatment for DID is useless and confusing for a person burdened with attached spirits. Releasing discarnates from the person afflicted with DID may allow for earlier success during treatment with the methods appropriate to that condition.
The last sentance, ” Spirit releasement therapy procedures are not dangerous or frightening once a client is aware of the reality of the situation”, sounds terrible without even knowing what this “spirt releasement” therapy is. What is the “reality of the situation” ? It sounds alot like this author is comparing DID with SPS, but also suggesting that they are the same thing. This article is difficult for me to understand, considering I know nothing about posssession and exorcism and don’t have much of an urge to do so. I don’t believe in exorcism, partly because of how Hollywood has blown it up to such rediculous proportions. I don’t even know how an exorcism is practiced. The only portrayal I’ve seen of spirit removal involves a poor soul being strapped to a table while a priest reads from a book (maybe the bible, I have no idea.) Usually this process does more harm than good, because the evil spirit always beats the heck of the person who’s supposedly possessed and sometimes goes after the priest too. I know this probably isn’t accurate but it’s the only mental picture of exorcism I am able to conjure up.
In conclusion, I don’t believe that DID is realted to any sort of spiritual attachment, or possession. I think this idea is insane. What do you think?