April 14, 2008
Those are snippets of a Herschel Walker interview that will air tonight on ABC's Nightline (11:35 ET). Herschel discusses his disassociative identity disorder (DID, formerly known as multiple personality disorder), which apparently made him want to kill people (himself included).
It's not a new subject for us here, as I wrote about it once before to rave reviews from the commenters. But Herschel's doing the interview tour now, as he's got a book to sell. I'm going to buy it just for the "acknowledgements" page, to see if it includes Herschel Walker, Herschel Walker, Herschel Walker, and Herschel Walker.
I guess it should be noted that DID is a controversial subject in itself. Not all doctors are convinced that it really exists. I'm in no position to make the call myself, but personally, if I was in that woman's shoes, and I saw the physical changes in Herschel, and he held a gun to my head, I think I'd be inclined to say it was real.
I think it would help us understand the disorder more if we didn't only hear about the bad personalities that surfaced. If a guy develops a personality that sacrifices newborn kittens to Xontar, the Lord of Interplanetary Thumbwrestling, we'll hear all about it on the 6 o'clock news. But you never hear about someone whose alternate personality goes around and hands out Tootsie Pops to kind-hearted firemen.
Herschel says he's fine now and that there's only one of him. And that's good. I'd have hated for him to take the Olympic torch, probably run with it for a little while, and then try to stab someone in the eye with it.
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