The multiple personalities of Billy Milligan
An interesting case of multiple personality disorder from the 1970’s in Ohio, USA. Billy had compartmentalised his emotional and physical experiences into a number of ‘experts’, in order to process the world around him.
‘According to the definitive book on this strange case, The Minds of Billy Milligan, doctors and prosecutors were able to ascertain the existence of 24 distinct personalities, or “alters,” from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds, and even ages. Ten of them were considered acceptable to both Billy and the two most dominant alters, while 14 had been deemed “undesirable” and repressed, not to be discovered until after his trial, along with some insight into the choosing of the alter that would have “the spot,” or the most command of Billy’s body at any given time.’
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