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Response to the question:
"There's one thing I don't understand about pinkamena art, why do people always draw her with straight hair? She's not depressed when slaughtering...if anything, she's happy as hell."

Most people seem to be unaware of the significance of the timeline and the difference between the two non-canon Pinkies/Pinkamenas:

Cupcakes Pinkie Pie: Cupcakes was written before either "Party of One" or "Cutie Mark Chronicles" aired and, at the time it came out, she was depicted with her normal curly hair. "Cupcakes Pinkie" is a sadistic psychopath, basically just a psychopathic variant of her canon self.

Pinkamena: Pinkamena, with straight hair, is a classic depressive schizophrenic with comorbid MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) tendencies. It is interesting to note that this is very much in line as a valid possibility for her canon character who, as shown in the show, displays very strong characteristics of Schizophrenia: Delusions, Disorganized speech, and Grossly disorganized behavior, as well as Manic episodes characteristic of Schizoaffective Disorder. And it can also be said that her "Pinkie Pie" personality is a secondary personality that appears during her mania, while her "Pinkamena" personality should be considered as her "true" personality, as it was how she was as a filly.

Now to your question: Although her behavior in "Party of One" was mostly passive or harmless, true schizophrenia, over time, usually culminates in psychotic episodes which are often destructive and violent, and her violent retaliation against Rainbow Dash shows that she has the propensity for such a prognosis and was likely on the verge of a psychotic break - but fortunately deviated toward catatonic schizophrenia instead.

So, in short, the straight-haired Pinkamena characterization is highly fitted to the role of a vengeful psychotic - but she would not likely be laughing or smiling while performing in this capacity, but rather screaming or crying - and this is the personality of hers that I adore most.
A brief analysis of the aberrant Pinkamena and "Cupcakes Pinkie Pie" personalities.

This is an ongoing discussion! Please read the comments before submitting or asking anything, as the analysis will be constantly picked apart, revised, and refined. I'll collate the newer data into later deviation(s) once enough material has accumulated.

I am not a psychiatrist or medical professional. The study of aberrant psychology is just a passion of mine. This analysis comes from private research and will contain errors, generalizations, and other inaccuracies. Valid corrections and input are all greatly appreciated!

Image: I have no idea where I got this, and could not find who drew it. If anybody has any idea, please let me know.
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KirbyFluttershy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
This is interesting. =3
I like it. XD

Pinkie Pie, and her other half especially, are really interesting to me...
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PinkamenaFan526 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

It makes so much sense xD

Great job on the art, also


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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Interesting work. I'm writing a fanfic about Pinkie at the moment that will explore how Pinkamena is her "natural" state, much like what you've said here. I'd be curious to know your opinion of it once I've posted it next week.
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Sounds interesting, send me a link when it is up!
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Okay, here's the link: fav.me/d6jri0m

Hope you like it.
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KirbyFluttershy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
That fanfic is pretty good. =3
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RedneckNerd17 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I couldn't agree with you more. BUT I will say this: I do believe she would be happy in her straight haired psychotic state. I actually find "Cupcakes" more creepier with the happy Pinkamena. I only believe it was written with her curly hair because it was written before the episodes "Party of one" and "Cutie Mark Chronicles. My theory is that Pinkie has struggled with these issues all her life and can't control them. I believe that she only becomes psychotic when Pinkamena takes over (kind of like a severe multiple personality thing). I believe she still is happy and stuff but a creepy happy, kind of like how she was in "Party of One". Since then, I even made my Cupcakes cosplay basing off straight haired Pinkamena.
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XD190 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i tend to disagree with the many radical interpretations of 'Pinkimena' while we know that Pinkie Pie turned a tad detached from her normal state of reason in the episode 'Party of One' i do not believe this secondary personality of hers is perversely and/or psychopathically homicidal,
(as the disturbing twitter forum; "Ask Pinkemena"may suggest.) in any way.
merely, as portrayed in the episode of her appearance, she is just slightly detached from reality in believing that her friends didn't like her anymore. thus making her depressed. it is true that when the episode showed her twitching involuntarily,
(with a split-second colored splash background.)
it was showing her having symptoms of a mental break down. however, there is no evidence that her behavior might be shown as either self destructive, or homicidal. as one could clearly see in the episode, she constructs make-shift 'party guests' to replace the friends she supposingly lost. thus creating a new medium of emotional support for herself.
now, one may add the point that her constructs might be potentially destructive to her remaining psyche, as the show depicts her constructs talking to her, telling her to 'forget her former friends.'
however, i believe they aren't innately destructive. even if her psychopathic delusions were telling her to do something, usually destructive to herself or others in most cases, but instead her delusional construct did nothing more that just tell her that she needed to
'forget about her friends', and that
'they don't deserve this party.'
this behavior does not suggest that she would have turned homicidal in any way. really what she might have done is simply go on partying with her delusionally constructed guests and after, remained by herself and her lizard pet from then on. now assuming that she'd attempt to become more sociable again, she would seek out new friends to hang out and party with. and try to avoid her former friends. or, if her schizophrenia persisted, stay inside and construct new 'party guests' for herself.
no "cupcakes", no homicidal tendency's at all.
just more self imposed isolation, bouts of depression, and more delusionally constructed 'party guests' which, as time goes by, might become more elaborate than just a pile of rocks or a bucket of turnips, perhaps life-sized puppet versions of her friends, no doubt.
and lastly, Pinkie Pie becoming homicidal, would never happen. regardless of an advancing psychophrenia.
her base nature is she wants to make people happy with fun parties. and so she would never consider hurting other ponies. perhaps.

if you have any counter arguments, please PM me.
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PataponFan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never mind; I just realized the upload date of that is later than the upload date of this.
Sorry. ^^;
Unless that really is the original artist, just on another account. idk:shrug:
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PataponFan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Image if you still need it: [link]
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MercDragon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a bit late to the party, but thought I would join in. :)

I'll start by saying that I am not a psychologist but that I do have a lot of experience with abnormal psychology.

First of all, MPD is now known as DID. It was known as MPD under the old DSM classification but the current one calls it DID. The difference between these two being a lot to do with the redefining of the word "personality." (Which, I believe you addressed in one of your response to another person.) DID is part of a spectrum of disorders called Dissociation. On one end of the spectrum you've Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Conversion Disorders, while on the more severe end of the scale you have Dissociative Disorder: Not Otherwise Specified (consider this one step down from DID - there are less defined alters if they are there and/or fragments instead of full-blown alters) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (where there are full-blown alters and significant time loss).

Dissociative Disorders are seen as a coping mechanism and a defense mechanism. DID is attributed to repeated and/or prolonged trauma as a child. We know that Pinkie had a dull childhood on the rockfarm, but was it necessarily traumatizing? I think it's possible to argue both ways. One could argue that a dull childhood does not imply a traumatizing childhood, or that one could argue that rather than a dull childhood Pinkie had a childhood without joy which could potentially be traumatizing given how open that is to interpretation. Similarly in the series, we saw Pinkie "switch" to Pinkamena in a time where she felt deserted and then defensive. We don't know how old Pinkie is, but since she's living and working as an adult would (as are all of her friends), I think it's safe to say that Pinkie is probably in her teens at the youngest. DID is something that is developed as a child when the sense of self has not yet been cemented. Therefore Pinkie would not be showing her disorder(s) for the first time but rather be showing something symptomatic of long-term abuse. Pinkie also seems perfectly fine later on(where we have no way of knowing if she has experienced memory loss) which could be indicative of a switch back.

I think one of the strongest arguments for Pinkie having DID is actually the sonic rainboom itself. Alters come out due to specific triggers and/or to deal with certain instances. For example, in a DID system there might be an alter who deals with emotional pain and would come out when the person is being yelled at. In this case, the sonic rainboom is the trigger to release the happier and sillier Pinkie who overtakes Pinkamena who then radically changes Pinkamena's life by partying.

Now, the argument against DID: Pinkie has a continuous memory that doesn't imply or show time lapses. It is entirely possible that Pinkie herself is amnestic for her loss of time, but she remembers her life prior to the sonic rainboom. If she had DID then these memories would seemingly belong to Pinkamena. Pinkie Pie's life would effectively start after seeing the sonic rainboom and she would just have a blank for the first however many years of her life.

Alternatively, she COULD have had DID but integrated with Pinkamena to result in a single personality which, when under stress, could plausibly splinter off to have Pinkamena revisit Pinkie's life either permanently or temporarily. She could also be aware of Pinkamena and have shared some of her memories because of this. Finally, one could explain a lack of dissociative amnesia in Pinkie Pie if she and Pinkamena were co-conscious which means that they're able to be present at the same time.

As for schizophrenia, one could certainly make an argument for this as well. For one thing, Pinkie is the only pony of the group who has "caretakers." This might just be because they had a room for rent and a job, but it bears keeping in mind. Looking at the different types of schizophrenia, childhood schizophrenia seems the most likely culprit for Pinkie. I say this because we see Pinkie's first "episode" present itself in her childhood and she continues to get stranger from there. I also think childhood schizophrenia is more likely because the onset of adult schizophrenia happens around 18-25 and while it's not out of the realm of possibility since she could fall into that age group, it wouldn't explain her childhood episode after sonic rainboom.

Coming back to the sonic rainboom, that seems to have been the tipping point for Pinkie's first episode. It could also just be when her symptoms became more apparent. Pinkie Pie does truly meet a lot of the qualifications for schizophrenia, but socially she does not. I think the one thing that clinches it for me is that she does not suffer from schizophrenia is her voice. One of the most common features of schizophrenia is a lack of affect - or a monotone speaking voice. Neither Pinkie nor Pinkamena do this. Pinkie is incredibly emotive (both vocal and physically) and while Pinkamena's body language may not be emotive of anything other than negativity and/or anger, she emphasizes words in a manner that does show emotion.

Personally, I don't think either schizophrenia or DID are perfect matches for what we see in Pinkie Pie, but it sure is fun to discuss.
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KirbyFluttershy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
This is pretty good....
You're right, it is fun to discuss. Not to mention it's pretty interesting to talk about... =3
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TheFancyDerpCake Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Meh, too long. Didn't read.
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Hitoshura738 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
or if you want to describe, happy Cupcakes Pinkie in a nutshell...

Baby Firefly from House of 1000 Corpses, dead on :D
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Hitoshura738 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Wow, really good take here. I really for the most part agree with the way her different personalities would affect a situation where she committed murder. I really like to see her psychotic/homicidal personality as being separate from her Pinkie/Pinkamena personalities. In Cupcakes, she could have shifted from her mental state where she only wants to make others happy to her state where she only wants to murder and cause pain to others when she tortured or killed anypony. When in this state, she could retain all of her happy, excited characteristics and also perfectly feign her sweet, friendly nature to confront her victims before taking them to her lair. When Rainbow Dash passed out for the first time in the fic, it obviously made Pinkie very upset, possibly lonely which could have triggered her depressed, angsty personality which she carried with her the rest of the time she spent mutilating Dash. I really like to think that her kind and sadistic personalities are finely intertwined to the point where she almost has control over which one she takes on at a time.

Damn, I feel like I've looked way to into this myself x.x Heh, I just fell in love with evil/psycho Pinkie to the point where I wanted to go crazy with the whole idea :3
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Fluffycrow Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Interesting analysis! In my headcanon, I usually give Pinkie MPD/DID (the better to ship her with herself?), so it's nice to know I might have some basis in canon, haha.
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks!
Yeah, it really is fascinating to delve into. I hope to get some time to do more research someday.
Thanks again for such a sweet story!
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Pinkeypie194 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very interesting indeed. Say...did you use the question I asked you for this? Or was that someone else?
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Yep! It was your question. :)
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dmwcool1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
This is fascinating! Do you think Pinke is aware of her alternate personalities?
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!

(I'm not sure exactly which set of personalities you are talking about, so I'll cover both cases)

Well, this was to show the difference in the fanon representations of Pinkie as a homicidal deviant, because of the confusion over curly-maned vs. straight-maned and which fit which scenario. In this case, no, there is no way they would know of each other because they are different fanon worldviews.

As for the Pinkamena/Pinkie Pie dichotomy from the show, yes, but not exactly: I believe she is self-aware. This is why I believe she does not have MPD, as her self-awareness appears to be constant - and is why I said "appears to be MPD". "Multiple Personality Disorder" is a rather misleading term, because the general public uses the word "personality" differently than the psychiatric profession. To the public, personality describes general traits and behaviors which actually should be termed under "temperament", e.g.: "friendly", "reclusive", "fun", "grumpy", but these carry no indication of the actual consciousness behind them or the subject's ego and self-identity, which is what the professional usage of "personality" covers. This is why MPD and schizophrenia are continually confused for each other in the common perception.

Pinkamena also shows no continuity lapses in her awareness or memory, so it seems to indicate extreme black&white swings in temperament and perception.
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dmwcool1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Wow thank you for that detailed answer! You certainly know a lot about this subject. Are you taking or majoring in philosphy?

And also, I hate to sound like a ditz, but can MPD (or any other mental conditions) be caused by one event specifically? I mean I know that trauma is usually the main cause, but can one moment in one's life trigger something mentally in them? Can people be born with conditions like MPD or schitzophrenia? My thoughts revert to The Cutie Mark Chronicles when Pinkimena saw the rainbow for the first time and her new 'persona' was born (Pinkie Pie). It seemed as if this was her first time that she developed the perky/happy/outgoing traits and changed her habits to accommodate them.
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
No, it's a personal interest. I've always been fascinated by aberrant psychology (not philosophy btw. Philosophy is about understanding or defining the nature of being/knowledge/existence.)

From what I have read, MPD is directly related to a traumatic event, and is the mind's way pf trying to cope with what happened by fragmenting the psyche. The event is tied to the fragments, which interpose themselves between the original personality and the event. Usually the fragments act to protect the original from from accessing the memory of the trauma, but sometimes they may also act to punish the original because, subconsciously, the original believes the event was their fault. I have not been able to find any documented evidence of MPD with no associated trauma, spontaneous or otherwise, so it is my understanding that it cannot be present from birth. Further, it would be impossible to detect in the first few years of life anyway, as the infant has yet to aggregate a complete psyche.

It is much harder to tell with schizophrenia, however, as very little is understood about disorders of this type (almost all types actually). [That the psychological profession has yet to come to complete agreement over what the symptoms even are is a prime indicator of this.] However, it is accepted that schizophrenia is a genetic or neurobiological disorder and heredity may also play a factor, meaning yes, you can be born with a predisposition to develop schizophrenia.

I am still trying to find information on the documented range of ages where schizophrenia has been observed; most information sources only say things like "Late adolescence and early adulthood are peak periods for the onset of schizophrenia", and other such vague statements, but this implies that it can develop in pre-adolescents. The tricky part being: how would you tell? The psyche is not concrete until the late teens at best, so one would have to rely on signs of psychotic behavior, which is intermittent at best.

As for the temperament shift upon seeing the Sonic Rainboom, I would say that such an overwhelming experience — it was MUCH more than just a rainbow, with hurricane-force wind from the blast, the sudden burst of color and clear sky, and enough ambient energy to frizzle her mane and tail — triggered a delusional state. As the event made her smile and feel happy (for the first time ever, we can conclude from her description), her following thought then proscribed the requirements for her to mantain her new state:
"I'd never felt joy like that before. It felt so good I just wanted to keep smiling forever. And I wanted everyone I knew to smile too."
It is important to keep in mind that she associates smiling with joy and happiness, not just the physical act of smiling, so her emotional state is dependent upon the happiness of those around her. Since this also became her assumed purpose in life (made concrete by her cutie mark), any apparent act of betrayal or other dismissal of her purpose from those whom she trusts would be utterly disastrous and devastating, causing a psychological reversal of the events in the Sonic Rainboom, blasting the joy and color from her life — which is not just a metaphor in this case, but with literal, physical results.

Phew! That was a bunch of words. I'm-a stop here.
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dmwcool1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Your curiousity and dedication to this sbject is inspiring! I have follow-up questions for this quote:
"As for the temperament shift upon seeing the Sonic Rainboom, I would say that such an overwhelming experience — it was MUCH more than just a rainbow, with hurricane-force wind from the blast, the sudden burst of color and clear sky, and enough ambient energy to frizzle her mane and tail — triggered a delusional state"

So are you saying that whenever her hair is curly and she's bouncy and joyful like she is most of the time, she's in delusion the whole time? And if this were the case, does that explain why her logic and mental timelines seem ot-of-whack? Such as it seemed as if she truly believed that she created Equestia when she was telling her cutie mark story to the CMCs? Or when the parasprites were attacking Ponyville and the ponies were arguing about them while she said her famous line "...and I sad oatmeal, are you crazy?"? Was she so absorbed in her delusional mind-set that she lost conciousness of the main issue that her friends initially were fighting about and actally blacked-out during their discussion and thought that she was in a different time and space? (That may seem like an obvious answer) And is delusion also the reason why she doesn't react normally to certain actions (such as not flinching when Rarity spat punch in her face at Gummy's birthday party)?

It also seems that she experiences delusion when she's Pinkimena. My thoughts revert to her talking inaminate objects and facial twitches back in Party of One. Do yo think there' a state where she's NOT in delusion?
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Thanks! I find it absolutely fascinating.

And yes, the canon "Pinkie Pie" personality and appearance is part of her state of 'grandiose delusion'. In this case, her ability and mission to spread happiness. As for her logic, timeline, and bizarre speech habits, those are all specific hallmarks of schizophrenia:
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A person diagnosed with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations (most reported are hearing voices), delusions (often bizarre or persecutory in nature), and disorganized thinking and speech. The latter may range from loss of train of thought, to sentences only loosely connected in meaning, to incoherence known as word salad in severe cases. Social withdrawal, sloppiness of dress and hygiene, and loss of motivation and judgment are all common in schizophrenia. There is often an observable pattern of emotional difficulty, for example lack of responsiveness. Impairment in social cognition is associated with schizophrenia, as are symptoms of paranoia; social isolation commonly occurs. In one uncommon subtype, the person may be largely mute, remain motionless in bizarre postures, or exhibit purposeless agitation, all signs of catatonia.Source


Keep in mind these are individual components of schizophrenia, and not necessarily sequentially-related — meaning that the delusional state did not necessarily cause her erratic behavior in a direct line of cause-and-effect, but rather they are all facets of one underlying condition (schizophrenia). It is simply that her mind is in a different place and on a different track than the status quo. Her odd responses in conversation may be because she was responding to an internal conversation instead of the external one. And having the drink spat in her face just didn't happen, because everypony LOVES her parties and it is Gummie's favorite drink so who wouldn't enjoy it?

As for delusions while Pinkamena: schizophrenia does not go away, it is hard-wired in one's genetics and permanent. It is also often degenerative (continually getting worse). The most that can be done is to mitigate the extremities in behavior with anti-psychotic drugs. Her Pinkamena state in "Party of One" was a psychotic episode, accompanied with visual and auditory hallucinations, paranoid ideation, bizarre behavior, and violent tendencies. Her delusion did not change, she was just forced into a psychotic break.

Again, schizophrenia does not go away. Delusions may be transient in intensity, but the most that can be done is to get the patient to be aware of their delusion and to not act upon it when it comes to the fore, e.g., "This is not real, this is not happening", and to attempt to focus on what is actually happening. [I prefer to sit in a corner and bash my head against the wall until it goes away, but that's just me. :D]
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dmwcool1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
So lets she that Pinkie has another bad experience. Instead of laughing something off or just imagining it not happening, could she have violent outbursts when she's in her Pinkie state or will she revert to her Pinkimena state? And could there be a link between in schitzophrenia and sociopathy/psychopathy (I may be venturing into Cupcakes Pinkie with this one)? I know that sociopaths neglect and disregards the feelings of others but I'm not sure what the rule of thumb is for those who have schitzophrenia when it comes to relationships with others.

(Sorry I'm asking so many questions)
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Well, now we're going beyond my knowledge really, but I am going to guess that a psychotic episode would not necessarily be tied to her Pinkamena temperament. It might even be that she could have a psychotic episode while in a joyful surrounding if sufficiently overwhelmed.

As for schizophrenia vs. sociopathy/psychopathy (both now considered as subsets of Antisocial Personality Disorder, or ASPD), nope, they are unrelated as far as current psychiatry is concerned. A extremely generalized summation would be: schizophrenia is being disconnected from reality (trapped inside one's own head), while ASPD is a complete absence of empathy. Further, schizophrenia shows actual, observable, physical characteristics (seen in the brain via MRI), while ASPD is purely intangible and only diagnosed through observation. Schizophrenia is also in the same meta-grouping as autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

As for how those with schizophrenic-spectrum disorders are with relationships, it varies wildly. In fact, the manner in which relationships are handle is often a major characteristic of some of the diagnosed subset of schizophrenia: schizoid and schizotypal (as well as in Borderline Personality Disorder). Some avoid relationships entirely because they aren't even interested — some are even repulsed by the idea — while others feel unworthy and others feel that reality will never live up to fantasy and stay alone, some obsessively cycle through relationships in a haze of idolization-disappointment, others are predatory, and so on.

Oh yeah, another helpful point: despite what people think the names suggest, schizophrenics are — in general — much more prone to violence than psychopaths. Psychotic episodes are quite rare in psychopathy, but relatively common in schizophrenic-spectrum disorders. One overly-generalized way to think of the difference is that psychopaths are non-passionate ("cold-blooded"), calculating, and insidious, while schizophrenics are passionate ("hot-blooded"), random, and explosive. *These are horrible generalizations to make a point, do not flame me or I will find you and burn your house down. <-- proof of concept right there, lol.

No worries about all the questions. They force me to do more research and re-evaluate what I already know, so this actually helps a lot. :)
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SHaDOwLUiGImwahaha Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
It makes sense! 8o
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Kinda creepy how much though, isn't it?
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Super-Zombie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Sounds about right to me.... hmmm so the cheerful one is the fake personality of sorts.... does pinkie herself even understand she has another self... granted during the episode of party of one... her little party with the inanimate objects may point toward her not really knowing it herself... reminds me of some of those psychological movies where the person has/is one of the multiple personalities but doesn't realize or notice it.
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Well, in the research on MPD that I have done, I have not been able to find any clear numbers of aware vs. non-aware. Most easily-found information and documentaries are about MPD victims that are aware of their other personalities, but I think that the skewing is because if they aren't aware, then it is highly unlikely anybody else would be - let alone studying them.

Also, unlike the popular concept, full-on MPD is very rarely found in comorbidity with true schizophrenia. What seems to be the case is people mistaking the erratic or seemingly-nonsensical behavior of a schizophrenic to be multiple personalities. Another situation would be schizophrenics that hear multiple voices and vocalize them. In the case of "Party of One", I would lean towards the latter, but with her attempting to externalize the voices (along with replacing her friends through them) and projecting them onto the various effigies and constructs.
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Super-Zombie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
How much work have you done on psychology....? I really don't know that much on the subject.... Though pinkie didn't seem to know the things weren't talking to her, and well the show did actually give us her point of view at one small point when we see the things talking to her without any help. Granted it seems like pinkie has a trigger for her.... fits.
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Not as much work as I'd like (not enough time to), but a fair amount over the past few years. I started researching it because of my own disorders (Asperger's Syndrome, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, and a few others, whee!), trying to get a handle on myself and to keep me from going off the deep end (I've had a few psychotic episodes and breakdowns myself, which is why I'm so obsessed with Miss Pinkamena. It's like finding a long-lost twin sister.)

The key difference between MPD and schizophrenic behavior that seems like MPD is - to my knowledge - with true MPD there is only one personality present at a time and they cannot communicate with each other directly; One lady trained her selves to leave notes in a journal so she could be aware of what the other selves did with her body while she was suppressed. So this also points to Pinkamena being schizophrenic, since she was carrying on conversations. A likely scenario could be that the voices told her to build the effigies, and that they would actually be inhabiting them. So, while she is in a delusional state (another trademark of schizophrenia), she wouldn't be aware that she was the one manipulating the constructs.
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Super-Zombie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
So pinkies general disorder would be more of a pseudo MPD thats more of being schizophrenic? Though I do sort of find it odd how she seems to be cheerful most of the time, well that and how her personality did a 180 when she was younger (from the dreary/depressed looking personality to the stalking/happy all the time personality). Though her trigger to go from happy to sad/whatever else seemed to be more of a lack of maybe not being wanted/dislike of the parties that she provided.
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
That sounds about right, as far as i can tell. I really need to study aberrational psychology more deeply.

Trigger: (apparent) rejection. This aspect is really close to Borderline Personality Disorder pathology, but BPD is one of those hotly-debated grey areas: the head-shrinker societies are still arguing if BPD is a schizophrenic-spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, or something else entirely.

Of course, most (if not all) of Pinkamena's behavior and symptoms also fall under the autistic-spectrum disorder class (hooray for us Aspies!). One of my favorite headcanon iterations/facets is this comic by
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Super-Zombie Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
So based on that comic everything that was happening ponyville or what not was all in her mind....? Woot....
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scorchedwing Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Yup, it was all her inner delusion.
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