Lucy Cottier (left) with her partner Samara.
Teenager Lucy Cottier, from Brisbane, has six different personalities -
2. Bridgette, a 'sweet and cute' 11-year-old who likes to dress in pink
3. Avrel, an overtly 'sexual' 18-year-old who seduces her partner
4. Emily, 14-year-old who is 'sad and angsty'
5. Sam, a 12-year-old boy who is 'immature'
6. Void, a girl who is aggressive and harmful.
Trauma, as a child and young teen, led to Lucy suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder - aka Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Lucy was the victim of mentally and physically abusive relationships in her early teenage years.
Three months ago, Lucy woke up in hospital after overdosing.
She blames 'Void' for the incident.
Lucy says she has no control over her 'alters' (personalities) or when she switches between them
She says she often'wakens' in a completely foreign place, with no memory of how she got there.
'I woke up in a public bathroom at my local shops. I was just laying on the floor when beforehand I was just sitting in my bedroom,' she said.
Sumitra, from India.
Where do Lucy Cottier's 'personalities' come from?
Sumitra Singh died, and then was revived.
Having revived, Sumitra apparently lost all awareness of her former personality.
Having revived, "Sumitra took on the knowledge, behaviours and personality traits of a quite different woman, Shiva, who had died by violence two months earlier."
"On visiting Shiva's family, Sumitra made accurate recognitions of family members, relating to each in the appropriate manner for Shiva.
"The family accepted Sumitra as Shiva in a different body, and she retained the new identity for the rest of her life.
"This highly unusual case was investigated by multiple researchers, and has been interpreted variously as one of reincarnation or possession, or both."
Terry Palmer PhD notes that, while there are many negative connotations to the term spirit possession, there are also positive examples.
Luke was a black girl who was reincarnated as a white boy.
The above video refers to research by various academics.
Dr Satwant Pasricha is the head of Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences at Bangalore.
She also worked for a time at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in the USA.
Pasricha investigates reincarnation.
Erlendur Haraldsson, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Iceland.
In Sri Lanka, Erlendur Haraldsson collaborated with the late Dr. Ian Stevenson to interview children who reported past-life memories.
His reincarnation research brought Haraldsson to Lebanon.
Reincarnation and Psychic Research: Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson.