As WebMD describes, dissociative identity disorder, or multiple personality disorder, is “a severe form of dissociation, a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. Dissociative identity disorder is thought to stem from trauma experienced by the person with the disorder. The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism — the person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that’s too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self.”
Most people who have dissociative identity disorder are aware of it. Because they expect a change in personality to occur, they are constantly thinking about it. This is an internal conflict because people are contemplating when it will happen and exactly what will happen when they lose their own memories and feelings. They are subconsciously arguing with their multiple identities and their actual personality is trying to restrict the madness.