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Split Personality Switch Trigger:

 1 Redneck Rocker, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 5:26:54 PM from None Of Your Business
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I'm developing a psychic character for a Mutants & Masterminds session who suffers from Disassociative Identity Disorder (their powers are similar, but with sleight variations). Each identity believes the other one to be their twin sibling (though this wouldn't be revealed until later in the story; inspired by Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops). Basically, they're Simon Tam and Jayne Cobb.

The thing is, I can't decide on what should trigger the character's identity shift. The Hulk-style "don't make me mad" one's a bit cliche.
Embroiled in slave rebellion, I escaped crucifixion simply by declaring 'I am Vito', everyone else apparently being called 'Spartacus'.
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Well what makes the most sense psychologically is that each 'personality' has things they deal with better, and it's not that there's a specific trigger, per se. The theory behind DID is that the personality splits itself to deal with problems that the conscious personality can't take. Maybe one personality is nicer, more sociable and easily hurt, better able to perform everyday tasks, while another has a tougher skin and able to power through tough situations to protect themselves, but has trouble in social situations. So depending on the situation, when one personality starts to get upset or uncomfortable, that's the cue for the other one to 'take over'.

edited 22nd Dec '11 6:13:28 PM by NoirGrimoir

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 3 Night, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 7:02:30 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
From what I understand with brief contact with the literature, one personality is normal, and the others are coping mechanisms for various levels and types of stress. The alternate personalities basically exist to defend the main one. (Though I should note that often they're not necessarily aware of each other.)

As such, The Incredible Hulk is cliche, but not entirely wrong.

"Remember that you are fighting the machine and the pilot both, but you only have to beat one of them."
 4 Yuri Strike, Thu, 22nd Dec '11 7:08:40 PM from I'm telling nobody!
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Touko in Kara No Kyokai used her glasses to create split personalities on intention.
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 5 Redneck Rocker, Fri, 23rd Dec '11 2:09:39 PM from None Of Your Business
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The thing is, it's not until about halfway through the story that the character is revealed to have this disorder. Near the beginning, "Harrison" mentions that his twin "Scott" (not their real names) is not somebody to smeg with (as I mentioned, Harrison's Simon Tam; Scott's Jayne Cobb). Encounters occur with both of the "brothers". Eventually, the other characters learn that about his disorder.
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 6 chihuahua 0, Fri, 23rd Dec '11 2:41:13 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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PM Motree. She researched this topic recently.

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