DID TERMINOLOGY

Hi everyone!

Today I will explain some terms you may come across here and within the dissociative community.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

~Boss

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Alterterm used to describe one member within one body in a DID system. Some alternatives to this term are: system member, headmate.

Systemthis is the term used within the dissociative community to describe the collective of all alters within one body in a DID or OSDD (otherwise specified dissociative disorder).

Switchingthe process of one headmate going back into the headspace while a different alter takes control of the body.

Coconsciousor cocon is when one alter is fronting while another headmate is, for lack of a better term, in the background. The alter that is in cocon can hear, see, etc. what is happening outside the body but had no influence on it.

Inne worldalso called the headspace. This is a mental construct where headmates can spend time when they are not in the body.

Frontingthis term is used to describe the process of being in control of the body. Another alternative for this is being out (as in out in the body).

Cofrontingis when there are two or more alters out in the body at the same time.

Hostis the system member that fronts for the majority of the time.

COMING SOON part II of DID terminology.

STRUCTURAL DISSOSIATION made simple

[This is a discussion that will contain many possible Trigger Warnings, so please make sure you are in a safe and stable place before reading on.]

Hi!

This is Boss and today I will explain a little about what structural dissosiation is. It’s quite a complex topic to discuss so bare with me.

To make it simpler for you to follow I will be using the example of two children, I’ll call them X and Y.

X is a child from a toxic environment and experiences violence on a daily basis.

Y is a child from a healthy trauma free environment.

So Y will provide the counter example to child X.

Keep in mind I will be simplifying many things in order to make them more comprehensive and clear.

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Child Y (age >5) is living in a healthy, loving and caring environment where all of his needs are being taken care of. At this stage of development the child hasn’t got a cohesive sense of identity and self (at this stage the child has different aspects of personality: Y.1 that’s hyper when playing, Y.2 thats fussy when he needs a hug, etc.).

Each of Y needs are being met and at this point his brain is developing correctly.

Child X (age >5) as I have said before is living in an unhealthy environment full of abuse and neglect. This child’s needs are not being cared for and child X also experiences extreme often life threatening abuse.

At this point just like child Y child X hasn’t developed a sense of self (child X.1 that’s hyper when playing, child X.2 that’s fussy when he needs a hug, etc.)

Unlike child Y child X doesn’t receive the love and attention he requires, but on the contrary is being abused for having thouse very needs.

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Child Y (age 5-9) is still developing correctly and the aspects of personality begin to integrate into one singular sense of self.

This means that Y.1 hyper in pay and Y.2 fussy for food or attention starts identifying as one singular child Y.

Child X (age 5-9) is still experiencing extreme abuse. It’s here where Dissociative Identity Disorder begins to form.

Because of the abuse that is happening X.1 who is hyper for play may not be aware of the abuse that is being experienced when X.2 is being fussy for a hug.

At this point in very simple terms the brain realizes that if X.1 and X.2 integrate into one cohesive X the abuse experienced would render X incapable of functioning or even surviving.

Because of this X.1 and X.2 (etc.) instead of integrating like in the case of child Y begin to separate from one another more.

This forms what is called amnesia barriers between said aspects of personality. In consequence each of these parts may have little to no awarness of each others existence.

At this point X.1, X.2, etc. continue developing individual sense of self simultaneously.

This means that:

X.1 may develop as an outgoing, happy go lucky girl, that has no knowledge of the abuse that has happend to X.2. There for this person can function within the world unburden by trauma.

X.2 may develop into a quiet an shy boy, with a good sense of surroundings. This will enable him to easier stay out of the way of his abusor and aware of any potential danger.

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It’s important to remember that while X.1 in the example I gave is the one that in simple terms ‘runs the life of the body’ unaware of the abuse, X.2 may still be able to take control of the body when more trauma occurs.

Stay safe!

~Boss

NEXT TIME I will explain terminology commonly used in the DID community.

Welcome!

Hi!

We are a Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) system*. And we are here to try to help fellow Dissociative Systems and also to give some insight to thouse who want to learn about this disorder.

But first things first, what is DID? What are you even talking about? You may ask. So let’s dive into some basics for now (we will get into more details in later posts).

DID also known by the old name Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a dissociative disorder caused by severe long term childhood abuse.

Because of this constant exposure to abuse the child’s mind develops more that one singular personality** (as would be the case in a child from a healthy environment).

It is important to add here that Dissociative Identity Disorder is not a splitting of the child’s personality (as it used to be believed) but the lack of interaction of the child’s aspects of personality.

At age 5-9 a healthy environment child’s brain would begin to integrate the different aspects of the personality allowing the singular personality to continue developing.

However in a child from an abusive environment the brain separates said aspects of personality further allowing them to develop simultaneously.

This means that the different personalities within a DID system are in fact autonomous from one another. In simple terms you have more that one person in one body.

These are not different personalities of one person, but different people in one body that may have a different name, age, gender, sexual orientation, opinions and views from each other.

To give you a simple example, there may be one person within a DID system that enjoys reading books while another may dislike literature and be more partial to binge watching TV shows.

In the NEXT post we will explain a little bit about The Theory Of Structural Dissosiation which will enlighten you a little more on how this Disorder is formed.

For now we are going to finish this introduction. We dont want to make it too long not to bore you with too time consuming of a read.

We hope that your day is going well.

Stay safe!

~Klucznik Gerwazy aka Boss (and the system)

*System is a term used in the DID community to describe the collective of all the alters (personalities) within one body.

**for the child’s brain to be able to use DID as a coping mechanism the abuse had to start before the age of 5-9.

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