chapter  5
A Shift in Perspective
Exploring Dissociation
WithJoanne Zucchetto, Simone Jacobs, Ly Vick Johnson
Pages 23

This chapter explores dissociation as a solution to a problem – a way of not knowing what you know and not feeling what you feel. Using case studies we apply a non-pathologizing lens to look at present-day dissociative experiences, through the eyes of a child, as a sequela of childhood abuse and neglect. We show how connecting the dots between past and present can help explain the current symptoms. Various scenarios are presented that normalize their childhood dissociation as protection from jeopardizing the familial relationship and stave off fears of abandonment. Cases of patients with DID, where patients dissociate self – aspects/feelings that are unacceptable to them or their families – are discussed.