Dissociative disorders (DD) are conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity or perception. People with dissociative disorders use dissociation, a defense mechanism, pathologically and involuntarily. Dissociative disorders are thought to primarily be caused by psychological trauma. [wikipedia]
The key attribute is “breakdowns of perception”, i.e., getting so much so wrong so often. Take the idea that Frank Rothermel and Michelle Held did something wrong trying to help a business with an outrageously high sewage bill. Northampton’s Venomous individual thought he found something wrong but the Director of the Authority knew what happened was a simple water leak that ran up the water bill.
The Sewage Authority does not measure sewage. Instead it measures water use knowing it’s not an accurate way to charge people for sewage. Watering a garden, washing a car, cleaning off a driveway or a leaking toilet use lots of water but produce no sewage. Same for a leaking water line which is what happened in the case that was judged by Republican Supervisor Tom Zuener to be a water leak that was undetectable. That was blown up out of reality and the two Republican Supervisor candidates charged Frank Rothermel with some kind of nonsensical issue. Dissociative individuals can’t figure out things the way they happen. They Dissociate. They get it wrong. They would see a problem with the life of anyone. The neighbors know there’s something odd about the guy. Dissociative Personality.
The bottom line is Frank Rothermel went to bat for a guy with a leak problem and Tom Zuener solved it to everyone’s satisfaction – except Northampton’s Most Venomous Citizen.