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Evolution of a Jekyll and Hyde Personality

1886, was the birth of Jekyll and Hyde, published by Robert Louis Stevenson. Known to be one of Stevenson’s best novels, the novel is about a doctor named Henry Jekyll who struggles with the inner conflict of dual personalities with his hidden evil persona, Edward Hyde.
Dr. Jekyll was a prominent doctor who is widely respected in his era. In addition, his friendly demeanor made him well connected and well liked. But despite being so well made, Dr Jekyll was seen spending a great deal of his time battling strong evil urges which he found repugnant for his stature. Believing that two entities were living inside his body, he tries to develop a serum in an attempt to repress such urges, but in doing so, Dr Jekyll unleashed an even more dreadful representation of the pure evil that resided within him, who is known as Mr Hyde. With no moral vindication, Hyde committed heinous acts of brutality and murder with often no remorse. As time went by, Hyde became a larger entity in his body as Jekyll was slowly succumbing to the thrills and immoral freedom that Hyde gave in his rampage.
The aforementioned novel was written as a fiction in the Victorian age of the 1800s, but dual personalities are still apparent and very real in today’s context. This behavior is scientifically known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), or better known for its previous appellant, Multiple personality Disorder (MPD). Much like Jekyll and Hyde’s dual personality, these mental disorders are characterized by two or more distinct entities in the mind. People suffering under such disorder often have an early childhood traumatic experience. An annual report states, “97% of DID victims report a history of childhood trauma, most commonly a combination, physical or sexual abuse” DID is developed when the abuse is perpetrated repeatedly in which there is…...

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