Creating Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder
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.
Polley, S. (2015, April 26). Creating Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 18 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/dissociativeliving/2015/04/creating-alters-in-dissociative-identity-disorder
Author: Sherry Polley
It becomes a thing that we can overcome if we just accept every piece of the puzzle and remind our selves that nothing is wrong with us. That it's just a belief, and we can overcome and accomplish anything. We are beautiful creatures. With beautiful minds. We are wonderfully made and wonderfully set. Our minds were made to function in a way that allows us to disassociate. We were made to be at our best. The moment you believe that your disassociating and looking to the outside world to find your identity is the moment you fail in your recuperation and healing. You are taking responsibility for your healing. You are responsible. Another thing that causes disassociation is a lack of patience. You have to be patient. Being patient requires a lot of energy but it is well worth it at the end of everything.