Dissociative disorder falls under paranormal psychology because it is a supernatural occurrence. According to Funk & Wagnalls New Comprehensive International Dictionary of the English Language Deluxe Reference Edition, “super” means in definition #5 exceeding the normal and “natural” of or pertaining to one’s nature or constitution: innate; inborn; hence also indigenous; native.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders (THIRD EDITION-Revised) DSM-111-R from the American Psychiatric Association page 269:
The essential feature of these disorders is a disturbance or alteration in the normally integrative functions, memory, or consciousness.
The most known forms of dissociative disorder are:
- Multiple Personality Disorder,
- Psychogenic Amnesia, and
- Depersonalization Disorder
The aforementioned disorders are considered severe forms of dissociative disorder. There is also form of dissociative disorder that is considered:
- “normal dissociative disorder”, term coined by Dr. Robert Doan, University of Central Oklahoma and
- “auto pilot”, term coined by Jacqueline D. Parker Scott, MBA, Ed.D.
These forms of dissociative disorder many of as experience offended. For example, on Saturday morning you decide to go to the store. You start driving and realize you are on your way to work.
This is an alteration in consciousness and a normally integrative memory.