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The Philosophy of PsychiatryA Companion$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

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Identity

Identity

Personal Identity, Characterization Identity, and Mental Disorder

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(p.133) Chapter 9 IDENTITY
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The Philosophy of Psychiatry
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Jennifer Radden
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.003.0011

This chapter discusses theories of personal identity and examines some of their ethical and normative consequences in relation to two particular disorders: dissociative identity disorder and manic depression. It shows how characterization identity—constituted by the content of a person's self-concept—plays an important part in practice, as well as in diagnostic categories such as Gender Identity Disorder, a diagnosis that has been the subject of recent, vehement critique.

Keywords:   multiplicity, dissociative identity disorder, manic depression, Gender Identity Disorder

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