DID- Dissociative Identity Disorder

Marilyn Monroe or Norma Jeane?

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder or, more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality of two or more distinct identities or personality states that recurrently take control of the individuals behavior accompanied by an ability to recall important persona; information that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. It is a disorder characterized by identified fragmentation rather than a proliferation or separate personalities (DSM-IV). DID is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. It is generally accepted that DID results from extreme and repeated trauma that occurs during important periods of development during childhood. Dissociation is a coping mechanism that a person uses to disconnect from a stressful or traumatic situation or to separate traumatic memories from normal awareness.

Norma Jeane: The Real Marilyn Monroe

Born Norma Jean Mortenson, on June 1st, 1926 At a really young age, she was moved from foster home to orphanages. She never knew of her father's identity. And her mother was never able to raise her, because she herself was committed to a mental institution. It is also said that her grandfather committed suicide. Norma Jeane was nearly sexually assaulted twice during her childhood. These experiences caused Norma Jeane to dissociate sexual intercourse from affection. When she was ten, she went into fits of despair, sobbing uncontrollably "at the slightest provocation (Marylin Monroe Psychological Profile)." She was withdrawn and tended to stutter. She was also anxious and often had moderate colds and coughs. Norma Jeane spent her early years living in a fantasy world she created to escape her reality. She married at the age of 16, and had a total of 3 failed marriages and several affairs. After suffering from insomnia for nearly two years, she developed a dependence on sleeping aid and often took barbiturates and hypnotic.

Marilyn Monroe

Norma Jeane lived a sad and tragic past, but Marilyn Monroe was a rising star and an American icon. As she rose to fame she no longer wanted to be Norma, but rather someone more appealing. She changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and died her hair blond, completely reinventing herself. Not only did she change her look, but she overtook a whole new personality. No longer was she Norma, a lonely girl with a tragic past. She was now Marilyn Monroe, America's Sex Symbol, and one of the best actresses of her time.


What Marilyn had went through was tragic, the fact that she had been born one person and died another is almost scary. She isn't the only person that goes through multiple personalities every day. Multiple Personality Disorder is not a joke, it is a serious thing and the fact that someone of Marilyn's demeanor had went through something of this multitude is very inspiring to others who don't go through this by donating to companies that try to help solve the mystery as to why people have trouble with personalities and who to be.
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