Shattered Survivors: Incest and Dissociative Identity Disorder
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Everyone dissociates. "Normal" dissociation often takes the form of daydreaming or "spacing out." While a person is dissociating, he or she experiences a temporary mental escape from whatever is happening at the moment. This altered state of consciousness may occur during a long drive, an engrossing book or movie, or some boring activity. Occasionally losing touch with our immediate surroundings is practically a universal experience. However, some of us frequently or chronically dissociate, creating gaps in our memory or affecting our sense of identity.