While we speak of dissociation as if we know what it is, I don’t believe that we do. We only truly know simply that dissociation happens.
We do know that many brain operations that involve more than one brain region often have a ‘point’ where the operations – not unlike a chain of activity – can be broken and dissociated one from the other. Researchers look for these points because they are like road signs. They provide us with specific information regarding specific regions – what they do, how they operate, what signals them, and which brain regions they are in connection to and cooperate with.
I will have much to say over time about dissociation because I suspect it is an occurrence held in common by all so-called ‘mental illnesses.’ Because all supposed mental illnesses are directly tied to what is called “reproductive fitness indicators,” so too must dissociation also be tied in the same way.
The range and spectrum of special giftedness within our species is broad and fascinating. I believe that the ability to dissociate is a survival gift.
So, please look forward to future postings on the subject.