Creating Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder
Sunday, April 26 2015 Sherry Polley
Creating alters (alternate personalities) in dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a helpful way to deal with different personalities. I don't know exactly how to tell someone to create an alter, but it seems that when there is a need for one, it will come to be. One such time was with my little girl alter. Her name is Colette, and she is five years old. Colette taught me about creating alters with dissociative identity disorder.
Who Can Create an Alter in Dissociative Identity Disorder?
In this particular case, it was actually one of my alters who saw a need and therefore practiced creating an alter in my dissociative identity disorder. Being only five years old, Colette had a lot of neediness. She became frightened often and didn't like to be alone. Because of this, Colette created an alter. We came to call this personality, "Mother." Any one of a person's alter personalities can create a new alter.
Mother was just that, a mother. She was always with Colette and she held her. Mother would rock Colette and sing beautiful lullabies. Mother wore a white dress and had a gentle touch. She told Colette useful information. One time, when Colette was playing in a park, Mother told her that it wasn't safe to cross the nearby road. This information protected Colette, as she listened to Mother and did not cross the road.
What is the Downside to Creating Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder?
As helpful as Mother was to Colette, there is a down side to creating alters in dissociative identity disorder. When you create an alter, it is one more personality that you have to work with. Mother was a complete alter, with a full range of character traits, and some of them were unpredictable and unpleasant.
Mother would hold Colette, but then when Colette wanted to go play, Mother would not let her go. She would hold onto Colette, tightly and become aggressive. This always scared Colette and made her cry. She loved Mother, but Mother was not always good to her. Mother was one more complete personality that the rest of us had to work with. She helped in many ways, but she also complicated things, in ways. This is something to think about when you or one of your alters begins to create another alter in dissociative identity disorder.