Do I Have An Alter Ego?

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Hello, I want to ask about the alter ego. I want to tell you first, r nI was a very cheerful person when I was in elementary school. But when I was in junior high school I became quiet, I lost my confidence. So I became an introvert and didn’t have many friends, and until I was an adult I was still quiet. But sometimes my courage suddenly appears when I am in a time of despair, sometimes I like to grin and smile to myself when I feel sick and tired of my life’s problems. Sometimes I also unconsciously say and do what is in my heart. R n Previously, when I was in 6th grade, I had experienced things that completely forgot about what happened yesterday, at that time I felt that I had never participated in a competition, but toba2 I got a prize, and my friends said I was in the race, because I thought I never did, and I really forgot what happened that day. r n r nWhat is that called an alter ego, and what is such a thing as that’s normal

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Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Alter ego is a set of attitudes, traits, behaviors and personalities that a person has, which personality is different from what he basically has. This alter ego is created by a person consciously because he feels he is less like what he wants, such as less self-confidence, less able to mingle, less assertive, and so on. This personality is created consciously and a person tends to be able to control it when this personality appears.

In psychiatry or mental health, there is another condition called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) which refers to multiple personality disorders. This disorder usually arises because a person experiences childhood trauma, experiences unpleasant events, and is characterized by someone who has 2 or more personalities where the emergence cannot be controlled, and the sufferer usually forgets the incident where the other personality took over.

In your case, a deeper examination is needed from an expert, a psychiatrist. Because on the one hand you have remembered an incident where you felt your personality changed which is a characteristic of your alter ego, and on the other hand you have also forgotten where it is a characteristic of DID. An examination by a psychiatrist can distinguish the two. And this is important because alter egos often don't need treatment, but DID does.

Meanwhile, try to remember what moments made you more quiet in middle school. You can't just change. Try to remember whether at that time you experienced an embarrassing incident, or a close friend left you, went through a traumatic incident, etc., and tell your psychiatrist about this. We wish you and your family good health.

That's all, hope it helps.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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