— When novelists claim they do not invent it, but hear voices and find stories in their head, they are neither joking nor crazy.
— When characters, narrators, or muses have minds of their own and occasionally take over, they are alternate personalities.
— Alternate personalities and memory gaps, but no significant distress or dysfunction, is a normal version of multiple personality.
— normal Multiple Personality Trait (MPT), not clinical Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)
— The normal version of multiple personality is an asset in fiction writing when some alternate personalities are storytellers.
— Multiple personality originates when imaginative children with normal brains have unassuaged trauma as victim or witness.
— Psychiatrists, whose standard mental status exam fails to ask about memory gaps, think they never see multiple personality.
— They need the clue of memory gaps, because alternate personalities don’t acknowledge their presence until their cover is blown.
— In novels, most multiple personality, per se, is unnoticed, unintentional, and reflects the author’s view of ordinary psychology.
— Multiple personality means one person who has more than one identity and memory bank, not psychosis or possession.
— Euphemisms for alternate personalities may include pseudonyms, alter egos, doubles, double consciousness, voice or voices.
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Added August 11: The main problem with my two-personality interpretation (see above) is that people with multiple personality hardly ever have only two personalities. So there were probably more than one "Toni" personality. And one of them may have done the final editing and revisions of Chloe's manuscripts.