Typical Dissociative Experiences (ala Bernstein and Putnam)
Suddenly realizing, when you are driving the car, that you don’t remember what has happened during all or part of the trip.
Suddenly realizing, when you are listening to someone talk, that you did not hear part or all of what the person said.
Finding yourself in a place and having no idea how you got there.
Finding yourself dressed in clothes that you don’t remember putting on.
Experiencing a feeling that seemed as if you were standing next to yourself or watching yourself do something and actually seeing yourself as if you were looking at another person.
Looking in a mirror and not recognizing yourself.
Feeling sometimes that other people, objects, and the world around you are not real.
Remembering a past event so vividly that it seems like you are reliving ir in the present.
Having the experience of being in a familiar place and finding it strange and unfamiliar.
Becoming so absorbed in watching television or a movie that you are unaware of other events happening around you.
Becoming so absorbed in a fantasy or daydream that it feels as if it were really happening to you.
Talking out loud to yourself when you are alone.
Finding that you act so different in a particular situation compared with another that it feels almost as if you were two different people.
Feeling sometimes as if you were looking at the world through a fog such that people and objects appear far away or unclear.
Bernstein, E.M. & Putnam, F.W. (1986). “Development, reliability, and validity of a dissociation scale.” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 174, 727-735. Copyright Williams & Wilkins, 1986.