First Person Plural

My Life as a Multiple

Brittany Adkins - Block 3 - Psychology H


What do an abused 4 year old boy, twin girls that were molested, a man in his 20s with a dark personality, and a group of misfits ranging in age all have in common? They all exist in the mind of 34 year old Cameron West. 'First Person Plural' follows West as he explores his recent diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder and how to cope with the sudden change in his life. As each of the conflicting personalities fight to tell their story, West just struggles to continue to give his wife and kid a normal life.

Meet Cameron West

Born in Chicago, Cameron West wasn't diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) until he was in his 30s in 1993. Soon after his diagnosis, he earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook Institute. West now lives in California with his Wife, Rikki, and son, Kai, and has his condition entirely under control.

Book Comparison: Speak

Freshman year of high school, I read the book 'Speak' by Laurie Halse which was the story of a young, high school girl who was raped at a party and never spoke again. She never spoke past what she absolutely had to and definitely never spoke about the events of the party. In 'First Person Plural', most, if not all, of Cameron West's personalities were formed by him attempting to block out memories of being raped as a child. They reminded me of each other in the sense that they both became silent because of sexual assault and it changed them both drastically in the long run. There are obvious differences, such as their coping mechanisms and the ages at which the events happened, but I couldn't help but to relate the two stories as I read.

Works Cited:

Cameron West. (n.d.). Retrieved April 24, 2015, from

West, C. (1999). First person plural: My life as a multiple. New York: Hyperion.