[I'm uploading this in light of recent events, and as as explanation into a previously-unrecognised psychological profile.]
Human psychology is still a field many of us have yet to broach with any real effectiveness and there are many undiagnosed or newly-developing conditions we do not yet understand. Depression existed long before we knew what it was, did it not?
What is it?
Before the subject is even considered for debate, it must be made known that Split Perception Construct (SPC) and Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) are two mutually exclusive cases. One does not prefigure the other and they are in no way to be considered the same thing. While Multiple Personality Disorder involves two separate consciousnesses acting independently from one another, SPC is nowhere near disruptive.
Perceptions and Consensus – When a person is diagnosed with SPC, what must be understood is that they are both many people and a single, unified mind. Within an SPC mind will exist more than one perception, at a minimum of three.
These different perceptions act similarly to MPD, in that each one has its own separate ideologies and thoughts about how things should be. Each perception will have separate interests, ideals, and self-consciousness. In short, each perception is a separate personality and should in no way be considered to be one and the same with any other perception. Each one may have certain similar aspects, but each is individual.
There are almost no limits to the variation in perceptions, and a separate perception may display different gender characteristics, though the one key boundary is that a perception will never be in direction competition against any other perception within the same mind. The moment two perceptions are absolute opposites it should be considered as MPD.
This forms the basis for one of the key factors in SPC; each perception must invariably have something in common with another perception within the mind. This is the defining mark between MPD and SPC. If these perceptions have certain factors in common they are capable of working in tandem, and without this simultaneous function SPC would not be an existing condition.
However, as previously stated, different internal perceptions will not be entirely synonymous with each other, meaning that each perception will have something about it that differs to some degree in comparison to the others. This creates the Consensus.
The consensus, when viewed in terms of this condition, is the conglomeration of all perceptions into one overarching concept similar to the way a conventional mind creates opinions.
In a normal mind, an opinion of something is formed by the brain subconsciously weighing up all the reasons it likes something against all the reasons it doesn’t, and the opinion is the average of all these pros and cons. SPC adds two extra steps; a second level of perception and then the chance of fractal visualisation.
In an SPC mind, each individual perception creates opinions and understandings as a conventional mind would, by weighing up pros and cons. The consensus is then formed using the opinions of each perception. This allows an SPC consciousness to form a deeper and more meaningful opinion or understanding of something, as the mind’s overall opinion is constructed by several different perceptions that absorb information in different ways and come to different conclusions. To the untrained process this often appears to simply be the workings of a conventional mind, as this consensus is the opinion of something that is taken by the mind as a whole, though each perception retains its own understanding. As it is the consensus that outwardly displays its views, it is only a single mind that acts, foregoing the possibility of being an MPD mind, as there is only one mind that ever functions and it is based on multiple perceptions.
Fractal Visualisation, the second step that an SPC mind generates, is the ability of the conscious mind to perceive the separate parts of itself. This is only possible if a mind is incredibly self-aware, which is a rare case in itself. An SPC case that possesses sufficient self-awareness still functions according to the consensus, but it also able to detect each separate internal perception and examine each one’s individual views and understand which the consensus’ opinion is formed. This examination of individual perception can be either done entirely by the consensus or with the involvement of each examined perception. If the perception is entirely done by the overarching consensus, it is likely that a separate perception will be created by the examination to accommodate this, which entirely focusses on self-perception and exists as an analytical perception rather than an opinionated one.
If the internal analysis directly involves a perception then the perception in question will react to self-evaluation, as any conventional mind does, and will change depending on what is discovered about itself.
To be blunt, treatment of an SPC mind should not be attempted. An SPC mind is no threat to anyone unless the mind would be so anyway; if a person is ‘evil’ then they will be so regardless of how their mind comes to that, and in the case of an SPC mind such a person would invariably have perceptions which have come to that conclusion. There is no such thing as a rebellious perception in an SPC consciousness, as contrasting perceptions are part of an MPD mind.
Furthermore, any sort of treatment should not be contemplated because these perceptions exist as the most ingrained part of a person’s mind, alongside instinct. They are some of the deepest connections and disrupting them can be incredibly damaging to the mind of anyone involved. There is no reason to treat a mind with this construct and there is none available.