The Brain Amazes Me


Some of us may find it challenging to be in the present moment especially when change is churning up the peace which we crave.  To find the gift of presence may sometimes feel so hard in our everyday lives.  I understand that all too well.  Then I found that some people live with even bigger daily challenges and I wanted to share with you what I learned.

Our brains have always fascinated me, but so much more in the last few years since I’ve had loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  I recently stumbled upon this interview while doing some research on the brain.  Because I have no prior knowledge of Multiple Personality Disorder, also known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), I was intrigued by the interview (and no, I don’t have these illnesses nor know anyone who does).  I remember watching Sybil (with Sally Field) years ago so for me, only the Hollywood portrayals of Sybil and perhaps even Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were the information I had about the subject.  But, that was all about to change.

The interviewer, Kyle Kittleson, host of MedCircle, had such an easy way about him that I figured I’d watch the segment for a few minutes.  Encina Severa, who has 11 different personalities living in her body, made me watch the entire hour.  The segment is called:  What It’s Like To Live With Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

I think what kept me watching was the way in which Kyle asked Encina about DID and the vulnerability in which she answered his questions and explained what she endures.  I found myself amazed by her courage in opening up on camera in order to help others to understand DID.  I don’t know if this topic interests you at all, but I will tell you that I stayed up past my bedtime in order to finish watching the entire interview and I was glad I did.

Have you had any experience with someone with DID or Multiple Personality Disorder?  Here’s the link to the interview in case you’re interested:  Click Here.

Shine On!



18 thoughts on “The Brain Amazes Me

  1. I haven’t personally known anybody with Multiple Personality Disorder but years ago I took a Psychology 101 course and we studied it along with some of the other psych disorders and it all was very interesting to me. The brain is truly a fascinating organ isn’t it?

    I couldn’t get the video to start (it just kept spinning like it was buffering) but will try again later!

      • I think it must be my computer Yvonne as I’m noticing even trying to open various blogs is difficult today. It’s really slow for some reason! I’ll try again tonight.

        Have a great rest of the week!

      • I hope it works for you Gail. I just tried it for myself and it popped up easily. I hope your computer speeds up so you can watch it! 🙂 Have a wonderful night! Good luck with the computer!! ♥

    • Thank you Dan. I stopped over and read about his struggles. God bless him…must be so hard to live with DID. I appreciate your taking the time to send me his link! 🙂 Have a great day!

      • You’re welcome, Yvonne. Other than knowing about it by it’s old name from movies, etc. I really hadn’t heard anything about it until I started following Rob. I can’t imagine what it must be like.

      • I can’t either and I applaud Rob and the woman on the video who shared all that they do so that we can try to imagine and to understand what they’re dealing with everyday. God bless them.

  2. I also have not had much exposure to this on a personal level, but I could professionally. Who knows? Good to have some understanding in my back pocket. Thanks for the resource. I’ll take a look.

  3. I have known someone with DID. A very sad story as it stemmed from childhood abuse. This person now is 3 people who alternate on a daily basis. One of the people was aggressive and often violent and this resulted in arrests , job loss etc. Substance abuse did not help either. I am not sure where this person has gone to now. I feel bad for them but on the other hand as the person was involved with someone in my family I am relieved they have gone.

    • It is very sad to hear that due to childhood abuse, the alternative personalities are made and the person with DID must live with them in ways I can’t even begin to imagine. Thank you for sharing. I feel sad for the person with DID, but I am also relieved for the person in your family who has been released from the relationship since there was violence and aggression. Truly sad.

  4. Obviously, I’m way behind and not sure I’ll ever catch up but this post fascinated me as well. I, also have been interested in DID since seeing the movie Sybil. I’ve also been a student of the mind and what trauma does to it. How much a person can endure before losing themselves. I read every book but the last that David Pelzer wrote. It put so much into perspective for me. Autism was another subject that drew me in even though almost no one had heard of it and I knew no one with it. I read a lot on Neuroplasticity and how the brain can heal itself. I’ll have a look and see if I can view the interview. Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re so welcome Marlene. I’m glad this interested you as it does me. I know many with autism and I am fascinated by that as well as alzheimer’s and dementia. I remember watching the movie Sybil too and I was in awe of what she went through. I love that you’re so varied in your interests and readings! You inspire me! xo

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