Communicating Between Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder
Sunday, April 12 2015 Sherry Polley
In dissociative identity disorder (DID), communication between alters (alternate personalities) is the key to a person’s well-being. With DID, a person may have one or many alters, all working together to form the whole of who the person is. I have formed a couple of ways of working with my alters to create communication within dissociative identity disorder between alters.
How Can I Increase Communication Between Alters in DID?
One powerful way that I have created communication within dissociative identity disorder, is to create a “mediator” alter. I call this voice "The Mediator" because it exists solely to create communication between one alter to another. I developed it on purpose, as I learned to do during my experience with DID.
Using The Mediator To Increase Communication Between Alternate Personalities
The Mediator holds all of the factual information. They know where the person lives, the phone number and the safe people to call. They know who the person has and has not met before, and when something is dangerous. This is important because some alters will become very frightened when they don’t know who they are with or where they are. The Mediator can tell any alter the factual information, so he or she can stay safe, not be afraid and get help, if needed.
Some alters may resist The Mediator, at first. They may not trust this voice that is interjecting. It is important that each alter learn to trust The Mediator, in order that it can function properly. When they learn to trust it, they may choose to ignore it, but at least they have access to the facts. This will be a helpful way to increase communication between alters within dissociative identity disorder.