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    Try Not To Scream.

    Thursday, October 04 2012
    Todd promises to get revenge for Starr, Johnny tells Carly that he loves Connie, and Tea and John make a startling discovery.

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    Posted by lily hunter at Thursday, October 04 2012 07:54 PM

    Scrimmage - Tres as the hustler at the Yale coffee shop - you made me start coughing. College grads aren't as smart as they used to be. Trust me, I work (babysit) with enough of them to know.

    Posted by StraightTalker at Thursday, October 04 2012 07:57 PM

    Midas- Well done my friend, well done. I recognize!! creativity when I see it. I love it.

    Long post ahead on Kate/Connie/DID

    The mega problem that exists with the DID story is that it is difficult to pinpoint the alter from the host personality. I am not sure if this is purposeful on the writers part, or they are just staying true to form by mucking up anything that pertains to true life issues. For Connie to be the host personality, that means that Kate has to be the alter. If this is true, then there is a glaring problem and discrepancy. The purpose of an alter is to protect the host from some kind of trauma that is so psychologically painful that he/she is unable to cope with it. Due to the severity of the trauma, the host tends to suppress all memory of the event and so it may be years before he/she can face and thus remember what took place. Just like the host can go on years without recalling the traumatic event, the host can also carry on daily life without being aware that he/she has an alter. While the host can be ignorant of the alter’s existence, the reverse is not true. The alter is always aware of the host as well as being cognizant of the reason for its creation, i.e. the trauma. Connie more than Kate fits that slot right now if we are staying true to the characteristics and nature of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Kate had no memory of the rape and related events until she retrieved them during her therapy sessions. Had she been the alter, there wouldn’t be any reason for her to suppress those memories, especially when her responsibility as an alter would have been to protect the host (which would have been Connie in this case) from remembering what happened.

    I think what has made the writers’ portrayal of DID her on GH so muddled is that fact that they chose to give the name Connie to the alter when it was the name of the original personality while changing the host’s name to Kate. This only serves to make things more confusing. When Connie changed her name to Kate and moved away from the scene of the trauma, she created a whole knew life and identity for her self in the fashion industry. This fabricated identity that comprised who Kate became is not to be confused with the new identity that derives from having a split personality. It was like the role of Kate was casted and Connie (the Connie that was Sonny’s girlfriend and not the Connie married to JZ) assumed that role and opted to play that character because it was far removed from the life she left behind in Benson Hurst. So if you don’t get too caught up in the name issue, maybe it may start to make a little more sense.

    Today we heard Connie said that she was raped but she said that we (referring to herself and Kate) were shot, and she is right in making this distinction. At the point of the rape, Kate checked out and that was when Connie emerged. Connie was the one to bore that defilement because it was to traumatic and overwhelming for Kate to handle. This marked Connie’s protective role as the alter and until Kate was shot at the alter, there hasn’t been any reason for Connie to emerge or be called into action so to speak. Connie had laid dormant until this latest reunion with Sonny and she came out to protect Kate for making what she believes to be a terrible and possibly dangerous decision. Had Kate been the alter, she would have been the one doing the guard duty and the one creating mayham over town.

    While it is true that Connie, with her brashness and in your face personality type, is closer in resemblance to Kate prior to the rape than Kate herself, there is a good explanation for that. Kate wanted to a life that was far from the one she had growing up in the neighborhood and so she did everything possible to creat that kind of life. That including the name change, the circle she moved in, the job she chose, her sense of style, etc. Connie, who has knowledge of Kate prior to the rape and knew what kind of person she was, was fitted in that mold but a more aggressive and more destructive copy of who Kate was.

    As I said, either the writers didn’t do their homework on this mental illness and its manifestation and characteristics, or they intentionally chose to craft this story in this fashion despite their clinical knowledge on the subject.

    Posted by bayoubtr at Thursday, October 04 2012 07:59 PM

    Scrimmage: Always respect your viewpoint, but I will have to go back & check what I am saying. I really believe I remember something that makes Kat/Con not quite so culpable.

    Posted by raineysmom at Thursday, October 04 2012 08:08 PM

    I don't recall the poster but whoever said that how is Mc Bain calling on an APB on Heather; because McBain is the Chief of Detectives of the Llanview PD and the kidnapping of baby Daniel happened in Llanview PA. Tea's home is in Llanview.

    Posted by Midas at Thursday, October 04 2012 08:10 PM

    Thanks, StraightTalker. 😉

    Posted by lily hunter at Thursday, October 04 2012 08:11 PM

    straight - I completely agree that the writers have muddled this up. IMO Connie always wanted to become "Kate" (successful fashion editor) but the rape, the pregnancy, and her own self-preservation (leaving Tres in the drawer) caused her to release control to the "Kate" she aspired to become. I remember Kate as the tightly buttoned up career woman who held everyone at arm's length, except those who could help advance her business interests.

    Posted by raineysmom at Thursday, October 04 2012 08:14 PM

    Thanks, cbru!

    Posted by lily hunter at Thursday, October 04 2012 08:14 PM

    All McBat has to do is call Anna and explain what happened. She's more than willing to put up electronic billboards with Heather's picture on them up and down the East Coast.

    Posted by lily hunter at Thursday, October 04 2012 08:15 PM

    In fact I would imagine Anna would use every agency contact she has to find Heather.

    Posted by raineysmom at Thursday, October 04 2012 08:24 PM

    Straight....

    Excellent post on Kate/Connie! Totally agree that Connie is the alter. Connie is protecting Kate. Kate is the personality that went to hide when a trauma occurred. You're absolutely correct in saying that making the alter's name "Connie" is very confusing because Kate's ORIGINAL name is Constanza Louisa Falconeri aka "CONNIE."

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