so i’ve said before that i have doubts about it, but i think it’s more that i dont believe in *all* natural systems but a lot of them actually do seem very genuine to me. i dont understand it and i’m not sure if i ever will, i do think there’s an element of dissociation to it…
actually no, that’s why i said there are some i dont believe in.
people who have a mass of popular tv/movie/game characters from other universes in their heads about 5 minutes after said tv show came out just doesnt make a shred of sense. that’s more like roleplaying your favourite obsessions.
natural systems who have mostly/all “original” people are believable to me. i’m okay with some introjects (what naturals call fictives) because that happens in DID too quite often but not to the extent i see in a lot of naturals.
I haven’t read all of the backlog on this post, so forgive me — I just wanted to respond to this little bit.
I usually agree with most things you write, but that one I have to disagree on. Mind you, we’re trauma-created, not a “natural system,” but the point still stands.
I think it’s perfectly natural for a brain to reach out and create an alter five minutes after seeing a new show or whatever. It sees something there that could help the host, and it latches on. Happens to us a lot. Just did recently with Alak. It’s usually this way for us, in fact — it’s rarer that we have seen a show for years/read a book years ago and then get someone from it. Does happen, though.
I don’t know; maybe this is different with natural systems… I don’t really know much about how they function and how alters are created/found/whatever in them.
Maybe we’re just weird, lol… Because we have a bazillion “fictives” and also a DID diagnosis, we tend to be a troll magnet — people just don’t accept us. Okay, no maybe… we’re definitely weird. But I hope that doesn’t mean that people whose opinions we respect dismiss us outright.
i have to say i agree with bree here :)
remember all of the things your alters had been influenced by/imitated from our system when they were first surfacing? i dont think itd be much different for someone else to “copy” an alter based on their favourite tv show or book (even if its just features) since alters can be based on almost anything as far as my knowledge goes
afterall - who are we to say whos the “right” way and the “wrong” way to be DID? if i think about it like that - we would be no better than the therapists who already give us a hard enough time and dont believe in us - we’re doing this to these people who say they have this disorder with fictives… im not here to judge anyone on their own alters because i understand how painful it is to be judged on my own boys - i dont believe that therapists should criticise what they dont necessarily understand and i believe people shouldnt either
thats not to sound mean of course - i do mean it generally :) not just in regards to DID
i do however believe that people shouldnt wave around the DID flag without being absolutely sure as i have known many to say “well i dont have DID… BUT…” - think the best way to validate this is if you tick all of the boxes. But until proved otherwise, we dont have any authority to say whether or not they have a disorder - thats down to them and their own therapists
Jakey made this last night :) It’s a DEMO of our own Self-Made Documentary, showing sneak peaks of the footage for BBC Three’s Minds Like Ours (Release date TBC). If you have any feedback on this video please let us know - do you like the style Jake has made it in? Do we explain things enough?
We can’t make part 2 until we receive the footage of Ed back from the TV company, but this is just an idea of what we’ll be making.
Please note that we have not filmed any “bad” scenes of DID - there is already a lot of that in the media and we were not willing to film our personal down-sides.