The star of my police procedural uses a psychological technique to become a pseudo-Ghost Whisperer and boost her perceptiveness. This superficially resembles Dissociative Identity Disorder, but without memory loss or uncontrollable personality switches. Her boss only knows of her technique in vague terms.
The heroine’s son is one of the very few who knows about the ghosts/alters. He’s friends with them. One is even a father figure for him. If the public at large knew her secret, they’d assume she was mentally disordered, resulting in things like losing her reputation and having her child taken away by people who assume she’s a danger to him.
Anyway, there’s a development where one of the alters vanishes, whereupon a serial hacker/killer sends the cops a message taking credit for a death at the heroine’s address. Since the killer claims to have committed a murder in the heroine’s home, but no physical person’s dead, the heroine is forced to spill her secret to her colleagues (if she didn’t, I’m pretty sure she’d be illegally obstructing the investigation).
The problem is that I want to portray her fear of ostracism and loss of child custody as valid, which requires her colleagues (who are just as human as “the public at large”) to react negatively to the disclosure of her secret, but I also want her boss to be the understanding/reasonable authority figure who’d say “I don’t fully understand it, but if it helps your job, it’s fine by me.”
Source: reddit post