Every person with dissociative identity disorder (DID) has multiple states of consciousness called alters.
There are two types of alters: emotional parts (EPs) who carry past pains & traumatic memories, & the apparently normal parts (ANPs) who carry out day to day tasks to function in the physical world.
This video explains:
how I am exploring my dark side.
the 2 types of alters within a dissociative identity & what their unique purposes are.
how to begin identifying & learning about EPs, beginning the meticulous process of self-awareness that will someday allow for better management of the EPs.
coping with EPs in the interim.
the spectrum of emotions & where EPs & ANPs fall on that scale.
how my alters receive their names.
The alters existing within a dissociative identity vary from person to person. Personally, I am still learning about my various unique alters. Thus far, I am aware of at least a dozen, which is tremendous progress considering it's only been four months since my diagnosis.
Here's a brief look into the identities of five different EP's within my system that I have been able to identify & interact with.
Monika: the emo teen.
Given Name & Approximate Age: Monika. Age 14.
Job Within System: responsible for managing pain & anger; helps us cope when things initially start growing dark by disconnecting us from the exhausting obligations of life, usually by binge watching television shows & eating junk food & taking naps; the perfectionist, workaholic, socialite, & emotional parts within us all get a break when she's out.
Dominant Characteristics: quiet introvert; enjoys scary movies & alternative rock music (we call it our "angry music").
Given Name & Approximate Age: Ocean. 2 or 3 years-old.
Job Within System: the core alter, meaning the original part of consciousness, so I am guessing she holds the trauma of whatever originally happened to cause a dissociative identity to form, but nothing is known for certain in that regards; a very peaceful state to be in despite the disconnection from reality & the body.
Dominant Characteristics: enjoys watching nature documentaries, especially about the ocean & its critters, & dreams of someday being a real-life mermaid.
Given Name & Approximate Age: Kingsley. No age.
Job Within System: carries a great deal of trauma so that it doesn’t weigh us down like it otherwise would; complete disconnection from emotions; rather than being completely empathic like Kristin, Kingsley is incapable of empathy, protecting her from all emotions threatening sanity; complete disconnection from body, which is why Kingsley uses self-harm to effectively manage the subconscious pains that threaten sanity.
Dominant Characteristics: mute & communicates to other people through ASL & to herself through Izron, a written language she invented in 2007; helps us through the darkest times; strong enough to deal with deeper darkness than the rest of us; "turns off" all empathy allowing us a break from overwhelming emotions
the dark entity: narcissistic abuser
Given Name & Approximate Age: the darkness. No specific age.
Job Within System: abuser & punisher; verbally assaults other parts.
Dominant Characteristics: a complete narcissist; an introject of an abuser, meaning he is based on a real life person who caused us great pain in the past; first appeared as a demon oppressing me, claiming he is king over me & ruler of my mind & of my life.
Given Name & Approximate Age: fragment #1. No age.
Job Within System: holds PTSD body sensations, as far as I can tell.
Dominant Characteristics: experiences PTSD episodes in the form of severely intense & terrifyingly awful physical body sensations, which often result in full body tremors that can appear like mild seizures; experiences fainting-type spells where I physically pass out while remaining mentally conscious, collapsing to the floor helplessly without any muscle control to break my fall; feelings of constant terror, never-ending fear, helpless anxiety, mental terror, & emotional torture overwhelm me, causing me to become overwhelmed with helplessness & hopelessness, feeling awful in every way, on all fronts, in every imaginable aspect.