Identity Confusion Quotes

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Laura Hillenbrand
“Without dignity, identity is erased.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

“I had a bizarre rapport with this mirror and spent a lot of time gazing into the glass to see who was there. Sometimes it looked like me. At other times, I could see someone similar but different in the reflection. A few times, I caught the switch in mid-stare, my expression re-forming like melting rubber, the creases and features of my face softening or hardening until the mutation was complete. Jekyll to Hyde, or Hyde to Jekyll. I felt my inner core change at the same time. I would feel more confident or less confident; mature or childlike; freezing cold or sticky hot, a state that would drive Mum mad as I escaped to the bathroom where I would remain for two hours scrubbing my skin until it was raw.
The change was triggered by different emotions: on hearing a particular piece of music; the sight of my father, the smell of his brand of aftershave. I would pick up a book with the certainty that I had not read it before and hear the words as I read them like an echo inside my head. Like Alice in the Lewis Carroll story, I slipped into the depths of the looking glass and couldn’t be sure if it was me standing there or an impostor, a lookalike.
I felt fully awake most of the time, but sometimes while I was awake it felt as if I were dreaming. In this dream state I didn’t feel like me, the real me. I felt numb. My fingers prickled. My eyes in the mirror’s reflection were glazed like the eyes of a mannequin in a shop window, my colour, my shape, but without light or focus.
These changes were described by Dr Purvis as mood swings and by Mother as floods, but I knew better. All teenagers are moody when it suits them. My Switches could take place when I was alone, transforming me from a bright sixteen-year-old doing her homework into a sobbing child curled on the bed staring at the wall.
The weeping fit would pass and I would drag myself back to the mirror expecting to see a child version of myself. ‘Who are you?’ I’d ask. I could hear the words; it sounded like me but it wasn’t me. I’d watch my lips moving and say it again, ‘Who are you?”
Alice Jamieson, Today I'm Alice: Nine Personalities, One Tortured Mind

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it this brokenness inside me
“I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like I'm someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself
if I could just come in I swear I'll leave.
Won't take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.”
Miranda Lambert, Miranda Lambert - Revolution

Ray Loriga
“Puede que el chico que dormía entre gatos nunca supiese qué coño estaba haciendo, pero los gatos sabían con quién estaban durmiendo.”
Ray Loriga, Héroes

Todd Vickers
“Our sexual fantasies are often redundant and intense, like many other ideas involving ourselves. Most people approach sexuality limited to the idea that they should imitate other people, art (e.g., romantic literature) or movies (e.g., pornography). In this way, vicarious events and even fictions become a point of reference that we can actually feel. We judge actual people in our real lives against fictional events and unrealistic concepts. As such, real lovers seem inferior as a result.”
Todd Vickers, The Relevance of Kabir

Marcel Proust
“Why, when we regain consciousness, is it not an identity other than the one we had previously that is embodied in us? It is not clear what dictates the choice nor why, among the millions of human beings we might be, it is the being we were the day before that we unerringly grasp.”
Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

James Baldwin
“It was not only colored people who praised John, since they could not, John felt, in any case really know; but white people also said it, in fact had said it first and said it still. It was when John was five years old and in the first grade that he was first noticed; and since he was noticed by an eye altogether alien and impersonal, he began to perceive, in wild uneasiness, his individual existence.”
James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain

Patty Houser
“On the other hand, when we disown our beliefs, we lose touch with ourselves. We no longer know who we are or what we believe and neither does anyone else.”
Patty Houser, A Woman's Guide to Knowing What You Believe: How to Love God With Your Heart and Your Mind

Jasleen Kaur Gumber
“Identity is not the face,
Identity is not the trait,
Neither is it the success pace,
Nor is it the personality grace.
Let alone it being your cliché phrase,
Or did you think,
It’s some religious faith?
My child, it’s alarming that it’s none,
It’s even not tongue,
Then how can it be, what problems you have overcome
And the person you have become!

This confused the little girl,
and she was amidst a complex whirl,
of thoughts, ideas and questions….

What is it then, Father?
You have declined already,
all that mattered.
I can think no more,
of what makes an individual’s identity?
Help me through, Help me carefully.
(Poem: Identity, Book: Ginger and Honey)”
Jasleen Kaur Gumber, Ginger and Honey

“If Africans knew what they wants to achieve through education , they wouldn't administer Vocational Education in English as a medium of instruction”
Nguvi McKensey Kazaronda

“Identity confusion... is as if somebody lost their mental road map and has no appreciation of who they are or what is going on in their life. They may know they know but become blustered or baffled as to why they don't. The information is inaccessible and likely would remind a person about things that have gone on in their life that are simply unacceptable and unknowable, in a given moment, because of the emotional gravity involved.”
Richard A. Chefetz, Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real

“To most of the outside world I am 'Kim Noble'. I'll answer to that name because I'm aware of the DID and also because it's easier than explaining who I really am. Most of the other personalities are still in denial, as I was for the majority of my life. They don't believe they share a body and absolutely refuse to accept they are only out' for a fraction of the day, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I know how they feel, because for forty years that was me.”
Kim Noble, All of Me

“Who am I? At this point, I have no clue.”
Angel Ploetner, Who Am I? Dissociative Identity Disorder Survivor

“There have been so many personalities formed inside my head that a return to normal and an understanding of who I really am will take years.”
Angel Ploetner, Who Am I? Dissociative Identity Disorder Survivor

“Shame plays a huge part in why you hate who you are. For me, a girl surrounded by sexual abuse, and being a girl filled with shame, was no fun. It looked like a boy had things much better, and better is what I wanted. I went to sleep dreaming and wishing when I woke up I would be a boy.”
Angel Ploetner, Who Am I? Dissociative Identity Disorder Survivor

Identity Confusion in Patients With DID

We can locate the identity confusion characteristic of DID in the middle-to-upper range of severity. Identity confusion is a significant factor in DID, when an environment created and sustained by one personality conflicts with the expectations of another personality who is not prepared to function in this alternate environment.”
Marlene Steinberg, Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide

“Interviewer: Have you ever felt as if there was a struggle going on inside of you as to who you really are?

Patient: Yes, for years, and I still can't find out who the fuck am I, man. Excuse my language, doctor. I don't know who the fuck l am.

Interviewer: What do you mean by that?

Patient: Who is [A.B.]? Who the fuck am I? I don't know. I don't know who I am. I really don't know who I am. I look at the rest of my family and I say, "I ain't part of this family, man, this can't be. They're all different than me. They also look alike, but they look different to me." (SCID-D interview, unpublished transcript)

As the preceding example indicates, the theme of puzzlement is characteristic of patients at all levels of educational achievement and verbal ability. The clinician should be alert to the presence of this theme in the self-descriptions of all patients endorsing dissociative symptoms, not just in those of patients who completed a college degree or who are accustomed to introspection and self-analysis.”
Marlene Steinberg, Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide

“People with DID often experience conflicting advice or opinions emanating from their alter personalities. Individual alter personalities may have coherent, consistent identities, but, taken as a group, the incompatible internal personalities generate an atmosphere of conflict as well as incoherence. As one patient described it, "Do you know how hard it is to get a hundred and four minds to come together to a single decision?”
Marlene Steinberg, Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide