Villain Therapy: SPLIT and Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Is SPLIT an accurate portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder? Mostly no. But it does get some things right!

Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright take a look at the many identities of James McAvoy in one of M. Night Shyamalan's best (if not clinically accurate) films. (And some of McAvoy's best performances! Seriously, incredible work.) They talk about how trauma can lead to Dissociative Identity Disorder, what DID systems look like in real life, the therapist in the film and what she gets right and wrong in working with this DID system, and the spectacular story telling and performances in Split. It's a balance between loving this movie as an interesting and entertaining film, and recognizing the problems with the mental health portrayals.

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Written by: Megan Seawright, Jonathan Decker, and Alan Seawright
Produced by: Jonathan Decker, Megan Seawright, Alan Seawright, and Sophie Tellez
Edited by: Trevor Horton
Director of Photography: Bradley Olsen
English Transcription by: Anna Preis
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