On 01/12/2008, at 6:21 AM, M.A. wrote:

> Is it the connotation of "schizophrenic" that you don't like?

The term schizophrenic is an incredibly misused/misunderstood  
adjective. It specifically DOES NOT mean multiple personality  
(disorder) which is the common coin usage (ie not in a medico- 
diagnostic context)

Please help out by using some other word or term: perhaps "split  
existence" or "multiple instantiation" which conveys graphically what  
you mean. Perhaps there is another single word.

 From the Wikipedia article on Schizophrenia:

The word schizophrenia—which translates roughly as "splitting of the  
mind" and comes from the Greek roots schizein(σχίζειν, "to  
split") and phrēn, phren- (φρήν, φρεν-, "mind")[187]—was  
coined by Eugen Bleuler in 1908 and was intended to describe the  
separation of function between personality, thinking, memory, and  
perception. Bleuler described the main symptoms as 4 A's: flattened  
Affect, Autism, impaired Association of ideas and Ambivalence.[188]  
Bleuler realized that the illness was not a dementia as some of his  
patients improved rather than deteriorated and hence proposed the term  
schizophrenia instead.

The term schizophrenia is commonly misunderstood to mean that affected  
persons have a "split personality". Although some people diagnosed  
with schizophrenia may hear voices and may experience the voices as  
distinct personalities, schizophrenia does not involve a person  
changing among distinct multiple personalities. The confusion arises  
in part due to the meaning of Bleuler's term schizophrenia (literally  
"split" or "shattered mind"). The first known misuse of the term to  
mean "split personality" was in an article by the poet T. S. Eliot in  

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