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Anyone else having a problem with "Multiple Personality Disorder is a mental illness that Niki Sanders suffers from, due to her father beating and killing her sister Jessica when she was 11."? I don't really like that, especially the first part. --~ McG = 22:07, 15 January 2007 (EST)

  • I agree, I think there might be some issues there. To be honest we don't really know what she has. She's yet to have been diagnosed by a doctor, so I suppose MPD (assuming that's what it's still called) is speculative. To be honest, the entire line is fairly speculative. We might be better off just limiting the description to what we've actually seen so far. Based on previews I have a feeling they may be going more into Niki's condition soon. (Admin 23:26, 15 January 2007 (EST))
    • I would caution against speculating and diagnosing her condition right now. Even if I were a doctor, Niki is not my client and I have not interviewed her. As well, there is probably a supernatural element to her condition. I don't think we should put any name on it more than necessary (I think "split personality" or "dual personality" is general enough, non-controversial, and all that we need). - RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 23:48, 15 January 2007 (EST)
      • Ok, I changed the description to hopefully eliminate the speculation. Feel free to tweak it further if necessary. :) (Admin 23:58, 15 January 2007 (EST))
  • It might be good to add a 'possibly' to the bit about Sylar taking on the face of his mother and talking to himself. While on the surface this might seem very much playing two personalities, it's also very indicitive of simple 'roleplay' and could possibly be some form of self therapy. --Amonite 04:51, 18 November 2009 (EST)

Dissasciative Identity Disorder

Being a Psychologist Split personality is actually a very offensive term --- and MPD is archaic. Though this does not seem to be pathological(since her alters also go through Physical changes as well as psychological [tattoo, perhaps strength - level though not in my opinion]), Dr. Warren tried to diagnose her with DID (before Jessica killed her.) I am more comfortable with DID than split. Dual could be a more representative term since it carries no other negative connotation, and is not pathological. However split is inappropriate. Also since both alters make up her personality, alter is the correct term. I do not know hos to change the page name and all of the others, if one of you could do that. Hope I helped you out.

  • Yeah, I added "formally known as" before DID, to address this issue. I agree DID is not an appropriate term since she goes through physical and psychological transformations. Now it is apparent that you were accurate in your assumption that her strength-level was not connected to her alter. Also alter is a neutral term, why is it referred to as "themselves?" why not listen to the doctor on this one guys. I also added "other alter" because both alters are (theoretically) equal, neither holding more personality than the other. It can be explained in this analogy: If you take your dinner, and compartmentalize it into three separate containers, they are each equally part of your left over dinner. Niki and Jessica (theoretically according to DID) are the same person, just compartmentalized in the mind. Random guy 22:45, 21 October 2007 (EDT)
  • In the case of Nikki, Jessica, Gina, etc - the DID diagnosis was given by a medical professional, and so as such can only reflect the opinion of said medical professional. It may or may not be the actuality of their situation, although they did meet many of the stereotyped criteria. In the case of Matt/Sylar, who hardly fit the stereotyped criteria for DID, they have received no such diagnosis from a medical professional. As for Matt and Sylar, they seem to be two distinct conciousnesses (although, how much of Sylar's conciosuness made it into Matt is unknown) co-existing in one body (ie multiplicity, not DID). There have been other fan theories, such as Parkman hallucinating Sylar out of guilt- but since Parkman has exibited no signs of 'dissasociating' from himself (feeling less like Parkman - if anything, his self-identity grew much stronger, and dissasosciation is the one symptom on the list that cannot be ignored), DID is not an option in his case. (although any number of other theories are on the table.) DID is still a plausible theory for Niki, especially with the doctor supporting it, but it is also just that - a theory. --Amonite 04:51, 18 November 2009 (EST)