refers to a significant disruption in one's state of consciousness, memory, sense of identity, or any combo of the 3 when caused by psych not biological factors -associated w/ trauma -represents a way that the mind protects itself from painful experiences -can be adaptive
a form of induced dissociation, has been found to be effective in treating some anxiety disorders and helping ppl to stop smoking
To define one as having a dissociative disorder depends on...
1. severity of dissociation 2. interference w/ overall functioning
How can dissociation be adaptive?
Ex: person who is scared of flying begins every flight by transporting his mind to a safe/familiar place. Ex: allows ppl to perform heroic feats in situations that would normally cause fear/dread