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Multiplicity: The Missing Manual is a group collaboration project which allows people with (or without) multiple personalities to contribute to the pages in the manual. The angle is to discuss and engender functional multiplicity by developing a stand-alone self-help resource. The focus is somewhat off-center from the mainstream clinical and multiple community, in that there is a great deal of exploration of related esoteric and spiritual phenomenon related to multiplicity, such as channeling and non-human headmates (i.e. Otherkin Multiples).

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Shortcuts: Introduction | Explaining MPD/DID | Explaining the Experience of Being or Meeting Multiples | Becoming Orderly | Dissociation and Related Experiences | The System | Getting along outside | Getting along inside | Trauma | Abuse - Recognition and Recovery | Other Problems | The Lighter Side of Multiplicity


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Multiplicity: The Missing Manual

  1. Introduction
    1. How does this thing work? - the way the wiki works, what and who is behind the wiki, etc.
    2. Brief FAQ - feel free to flesh this out so it's not so brief :)
    3. Self-Help Notes - notes for the do-it-yourselfers
  2. Explaining "Multiple Personality" (aka Dissociative Identity Disorder)
    1. Dissociative Identity Disorder aka DID - addressing psychology's more mainstream take on multiplicity, including controversy about the diagnosis
      1. DSM-V Criteria Breakdown
        1. DSM-V: Criteria A New
        2. DSM-V: Criteria B New
        3. DSM-V: Criteria C New
        4. DSM-V: Criteria D New
        5. DSM-V: Criteria E New
      2. Issues with Diagnosing DID
        1. Witnessing versus Self-Reporting New - the major difference between DSM-IV and DSM-V criteria
        2. Challenging DID - putting DID diagnosis to the test
        3. Disorder - At what point is it really a "disorder" and is the "disorder" mandatory with multiplicity?
    2. Born Multiple - How does "multiplicity come about"? Developmental theory.
      1. Modern models
        1. Self-pluralism
        2. Internal Family System
      2. Heredity and Environment
      3. DID versus C-PTSD - is DID the culprit?
    3. Alternative explanations - alternatives to psychology's opinion of multiplicity/plurality.
      1. Channeling (temporarily multiple aka possession trance states)
      2. Natural Multiple
        1. Not From Abuse New
      3. Historical Encounters
        1. Possession
      4. Multicultural Multiplicity
        1. Voudoun
        2. Shamanic perspective
  3. Explaining the Experience of Being or Meeting Multiples
    1. Alone - singletons and other people who are not-multiples
      1. "Singletons"
      2. Aspecting
        1. Aspected Kin
        2. Past Lives and aspecting
    2. NotQuiteAlone - multiples and other people who are not-singletons
      1. Multiples
      2. Otherkin
      3. Channelers
      4. Walk-Ins
      5. Hosts
      6. Otherkin Hosts
        1. Otherkin Hostess (Article) Multiple-Personalities, Past Lives or Possession? by The Crisses on their personal philosophy (philosophies?) of multiplicity
    3. Experiences Common to Multiples
      1. Inconsistent Memories
        1. Loss of common event memories - for example all birthdays, holiday celebrations, etc. which most people find memorable.
        2. see also Losing Time
      2. Sleep Disturbances - nightmares, sleep-walking, etc.
        1. See also Insomnia
      3. Feeling mechanical or robotic
      4. Numbness and detachment
      5. Empathy - (Article) experiencing or taking on other people's feelings by The Crisses
    4. Dealing with Multiples
      1. Etiquette
        1. Courtesy
        2. Naming names
        3. Getting to know you
        4. Stranger in the house
        5. Telling the differences
        6. Making requests
      2. Identity
        1. Transgender and Sexual Orientation
    5. Technicalities
      1. What label fits?
      2. Cross-gendered Residents
      3. As Inside So Outside
      4. Do multiples exist? What's all the controversy about multiplicity?
      5. Uncooperative residents
      6. Integration issues
        1. Integration loss - losing someone you love to integration.
      7. Why are some people multiple?
  4. Becoming Orderly - taking the 2nd D out of DID i.e. working on Criteria C New
    1. see also Getting Along Outside section
    2. see also Getting Along Inside section
    3. Headwork - sometimes multiples lack cooperation or need help getting a working operating system together, or particular selves may have psychological hangups that prevent the system from working cohesively.
      1. What is Headwork? - the concept of self-improvement in the world of multiplicity
    4. Therapy for Multiples
      1. Choosing a Therapist - ideas, recommendations, tips & hints. (for referrals see Resources.HomePage)
        1. Misdiagnosis - schizophrenia, mood disorders, etc.
        2. Talk Therapy
        3. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    5. No Therapist - alternatives to having a therapist to help with headwork
      1. Going it Alone - solo headwork
      2. Finding your Others - ideas and hints on how to find people in your head, and why this might be important
    6. Developing co-awareness
    7. Developing co-consciousness New
    8. expanding time awareness New
    9. House Rules
      1. Internal Discipline - how to enforce the House Rules, and keep the peace.
    10. Identifying Triggers New
      1. Deprogramming Triggers New
    11. Memory work - digging for and recovering lost memories
      1. False Memory Syndrome
      2. Healing traumatized residents
    12. Healing Trauma - Forest's Article on Tentative Process for Healing Trauma
    13. Internal Landscaping - working with and on the internal landscape as a part of self-work
      1. Internal Safe Space
      2. Internal Meeting Space
    14. Tool Kit methods of doing headwork, and little tricks of self-discipline and diagnosis
      1. Grounding Techniques
      2. Mindfulness Meditation New
      3. Communication Techniques - several techniques to help you communicate within your system
      4. Litmus Test make your anxiety work for you
      5. Implementation Intentions self-programming, program constructs, alarms, positive triggers
      6. Cording & De-cording (Article) healing abnormal attachments, detaching from abusers on an energetic level by The Crisses
  5. Dissociation and Related Experiences - Exploring Criteria B New
    1. Differentiation
      1. Depersonalization
    2. Derealization
    3. Numbing
    4. Loss of surroundings
    5. Fronting
      1. Stuck-front
      2. Locked out of front
      3. Out of Control - a covert switch, you're front but someone else in your group is "behind you", speaking and using the body.
    6. Missing Persons
      1. Example: Missing Elves by Doltaghey House
    7. OOB (out of body experiences)
      1. Co-location
    8. Memory & dissociation
      1. Time and Plausible Deniability - (Article) memory and time tracking in multiplicity versus normal time and memory management - work in progress by The Crisses
      2. State-dependent memory
      3. Back-editing
      4. Losing time
      5. Here & Now New - some residents are unable to be in the Here & Now
  6. The System - Exploring Criteria A New
    1. Internal Mechanisms
      1. Switching including force-shifting
      2. Rapid Switching aka multiple mania or switchiness
      3. Co-awareness
      4. Co-consciousness New
      5. Internal Communication New
        1. Communication Channels New
      6. Conduits
    2. Split lines
    3. System Names
      1. Choosing a System Name
    4. Sub-Systems
      1. Veils
      2. Gatekeepers
    5. Residents - people who live inside
      1. Temporary Residents - i.e. Guests
      2. Permanent Residents
      3. Internal Source
        1. Source Person
        2. Body Spirit - the "original" alter
      4. External Source
        1. Calling Person
        2. Walk-Ins
        3. Introjects
      5. Alters (aka splits)
      6. Core Personality - the "central" alter
      7. Host Personality - the "body owner"
      8. Guardians and Protectors
      9. Prosecutors New
      10. Littles
      11. Child Alters
      12. Animal Alters
      13. Fragments
      14. Analogs - Chaos and quantum physics and alternate time lines, oh my!
      15. Fictives
      16. Internalized Abusers
      17. Internalized Caregivers
    6. Internal Landscapes
      1. Headspace
        1. Example: Headspace - Article by The Crisses
      2. OtherWorlds
        1. Example: Doltaghey's World - by Doltaghey House
      3. Internal Objects - some internal objects are technically members of the system
    7. Metaphor - the use of intra-system metaphor to hide, decieve, encrypt, protect ...or to transform, to salvage, to reeducate, reform and recover.
      1. Encryption Algorithm - (Article) one way that otherkinness and multiplicity play into hiding memories in our system by The Crisses
      2. Constructs
        1. Landscape Constructs
        2. Program Constructs New
  7. Getting along outside
    1. Coping Strategies
      1. Coping as a Walk-In
    2. Shared responsibility
      1. Nobody is perfect - And we don't have to be. But we do have to take responsibilities for our actions.
      2. Self Sabotage - interference with external relationships, work, etc.
    3. Family - you know, the family you didn't choose.
      1. Intentional Family - healing by choosing a new family if necessary, even if some of them are related by blood.
      2. Re-parenting - The benefits and dangers of looking to develop a healthy parent-analogous relationship with a trusted person.
    4. Intimate Relations New - Multiples and their partners
      1. Someone for everyone - meeting myriad sets of needs with one partner
      2. Multiples in love - multiples dating multiples
      3. Multipartner Relationships - Multiples with multiple (no pun intended) partners.
    5. Children of multiples - how multiples cope with raising or caring for children
      1. Closets and Kids - do you tell them you're multiple?
      2. Never again - ending abuse cycles
      3. Children Inside and Out - how your littles and your children get along
    6. At work - considerations and tips for the workplace
    7. Coming out about multiplicity
      1. Explaining multiplicity to otherkin - Shouldn't THEY understand? Not always...
  8. Getting along inside
    1. System Trust Issues
      1. Trust between Residents
    2. Naming residents
    3. Internal family - one paradigm on how to relate to fellow residents
    4. Time-sharing & getting things done
    5. In-system privacy
    6. The peanut gallery
    7. Individual responsibility
    8. Keeping secrets
    9. Internal relationships
    10. Self-maps
    11. Resident Identification - Who the Heck are YOU?? Who the Heck am I??
  9. Trauma
    1. Trauma Versus Abuse
    2. Panic Reactions New
    3. PTSD - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
      1. Illness and Accidents
      2. Natural Disasters
      3. Betrayal
    4. C-PTSD - Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (i.e. long-tem crisis reaction)
      1. Terrorism
      2. Wartime
      3. Being Ganged Up On
      4. Peer Abuse
        1. Bullying
      5. Inconsistent Care
      6. Abuse (see more below)
      7. Witnessing Abuse
        1. Abused Parent - when one parent is the abuser and the other is abused
    5. Triggers
    6. Environment-dependent states
  10. Abuse - Recognition and Recovery - recurring trauma
    1. Neglect - Neglect is an often underreported abuse
    2. Physical Abuse
    3. Sexual Abuse
    4. Mental Abuse
      1. Brainwashing
    5. Emotional Abuse
      1. Secrets
      2. Threats
        1. Shame
      3. Emotional Blackmail
    6. Spiritual Abuse
      1. Psychic Abuse
      2. Religious Abuse
    7. Ritual Abuse
  11. Other Problems - like singlets, multiples sometimes report these experiences
    1. Anxiety
    2. Insomnia
    3. Substance Abuse
    4. Self-injury
    5. Burnout New - Adrenal Fatigue
    6. Depression
    7. Suicidal Depression
    8. Suicide Attempts
    9. Personality Disorders
      1. Borderline Personality Disorder New
    10. Eating Disorders
      1. Anorexia
    11. Escapism
  12. The Lighter Side of Multiplicity
    1. Multiple Humor
      1. Comics
        1. Franks Comix comic strip by one of the Crisses
    2. Multiple Moments
    3. Everyday multiplicity
      1. Everyday evidence - sayings, and pop-culture imagery, that hint at multiplicity being pervasive.
  13. Glossary
  14. Resources
  15. References New - Reference books and journal articles on DID