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How Marvel Nearly Gets Dissociative Identity Disorder Right in 'Moon Knight'

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I adore the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and teaching others about dissociative disorders is my passion. As a person/system of parts living and generally thriving with what the diagnostic manuals would call a dissociative disorder, I often use metaphors from fictional realms like Marvel to frame my own inner world and teach others about systems.

In my upcoming book, “Dissociation Made Simple: A Stigma Free Guide to Embracing Your Dissociative Mind and Navigating Daily Life” (North Atlantic Books, 2023), I specifically use Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” as a metaphor for how people with dissociative systems can experience an internal world.

In training others in my field, I find that using such metaphors for ego state or parts of self can be much more productive than many of the bland and sterile models that exist, usually developed by people who are not out and candid about their own lived experience with dissociative disorders.

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