My ultimate television obsession is Criminal Minds. What separates it from CSI, Law and Order, etc, is that the “team” in Criminal Minds is from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, and they specifically study the behavior of criminals in hopes of predicting their next move and preventing them from killing again. Many of the “un-subs” (unidentified subjects) that the team tries to catch suffer from psychological or personality disorders. One specific episode that I saw involved the kidnapping of my favorite member of the team, Spencer Reid (I’m totally marrying him one day). He separated from his team to try and catch what he thought was a team of two men who had committed a series of murders. Reid quickly found out that this team of two men actually consisted of one man, Dubius Hankle, whom was suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. In class, we have learned several things about this personality disorder. We learned that this particular disorder can have several different causes, including genetics, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic. Flashbacks in the movie clearly indicated that Dubius’ father was not all there, but it was uncertain if he had also suffered from MPD. So, I suppose it is possible that Dubius inherited this disorder from his father. The number of personalities that a person suffering from this disorder can carry ranges from two to one hundred. Although Dubius only carried his personality and the personality of his father, the average number that people with this disorder can carry is ten. Another episode involved a young man whom, oddly enough, had three personalities (including his own), and one of those personalities was a woman. The woman’s name was Ashley, the young man’s real name was Andrew, and his other personality was named Aaron. Aaron came into play when Andrew was just a child because his father used to abuse him. When Andrew was too weak to suffer anymore abuse, Aaron would come out to protect him. This show does a very good job of portraying the struggles that people with MPD actually go through. I would absolutely recommend watching this show–I’m hooked!