Multiplicity: The Missing Manual

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Multiplicity: The Missing Manual is a group collaboration project (wiki) which allows people with (or without) multiple personalities to freely edit 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 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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Introduction | Explaining Multiplicity | Explaining Multiples | Dealing with Multiples | Experiences Common to Multiples | Dissociation and Related Experiences | Trauma | Abuse - Recognition and Recovery | Internal Mechanisms | The System | Technicalities | Getting along outside | Getting along inside | Headwork | The Lighter Side of Multiplicity | Other Problems


  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 Multiplicity
    1. Dissociative Identity Disorder aka DID - addressing psychology's more mainstream take on multiplicity, including controversy about the diagnosis
      1. Challenging DID - putting DID diagnosis to the test
        • Disorder - At what point is it really a "disorder" and is the "disorder" mandatory with multiplicity?
    2. Alternative explanations - alternatives to psychology's opinion of multiplicity/plurality.
      1. Channeling (temporarily multiple aka possession trance states)
      2. Born Multiple
      3. Natural Multiple
      4. Modern models
      5. Historical Encounters
      6. Multicultural Multiplicity
  3. Explaining Multiples - Comparison/contrast of multiples vs. singletons
    1. Alone - singletons and other people who are not-multiples
      1. "Singletons"
      2. 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
        • Otherkin Hostess: Multiple-Personalities, Past Lives or Possession? - The Crisses on their personal philosophy (philosophies?) of multiplicity
  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. 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
  6. Dissociation and Related Experiences
    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 - about 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
  7. Trauma
    1. PTSD - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    2. Triggers
    3. Long-Term Crisis Reaction
    4. Environment-dependent states
    5. Neglect - Emotional neglect can cause more damage than sexual abuse.
    6. Witnessing Abuse
      1. Abused Parent - when one parent is the abuser and the other is abused
    7. Being Ganged Up On
    8. Peer Abuse
      1. Bullying
    9. Inconsistent Care
    10. Betrayal
    11. Illness and Accidents
    12. Natural Disasters
    13. Terrorism
    14. Wartime
  8. Abuse - Recognition and Recovery
    1. Physical Abuse
    2. Sexual Abuse
    3. Mental Abuse
      1. Brainwashing
    4. Emotional Abuse
      1. Secrets
      2. Threats
      3. Emotional Blackmail
    5. Spiritual Abuse
      1. Psychic Abuse
      2. Religious Abuse
    6. Ritual Abuse
  9. Internal Mechanisms
    1. Split lines
    2. Fragments
    3. Constructs
      1. Landscape Constructs
      2. Program Constructs
    4. Switching including force-shifting
    5. Rapid Switching aka multiple mania or switchiness
    6. Communication Channels
    7. Veils
    8. Conduits
    9. Co-awareness
  10. The System
    1. System Names
      1. Choosing a System Name
    2. Sub-Systems
    3. Residents - people who live inside
      1. Temporary Residents - i.e. Guests
      2. Permanent Residents
      3. Internal Source
      4. External Source
      5. Alters (aka splits)
      6. Core Personality - the "central" alter
      7. Host Personality
      8. Guardians and Protectors
      9. Littles
      10. Child Alters
      11. Veils
      12. Analogs - Chaos and quantum physics and alternate time lines, oh my!
    4. Internal Landscapes
      1. Headspace
      2. OtherWorlds
      3. Internal Objects - some internal objects are technically members of the system
    5. 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 - one way that otherkinness and multiplicity play into hiding memories in our system by The Crisses
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
    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 - 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...
  13. Getting along inside
    1. Naming residents
    2. Internal family - one paradigm on how to relate to fellow residents
    3. Time-sharing & getting things done
    4. In-system privacy
    5. The peanut gallery
    6. Individual responsibility
    7. Keeping secrets
    8. Internal relationships
    9. Self-maps
    10. Resident Identification - Who the Heck are YOU?? Who the Heck am I??
  14. 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
    2. Choosing a Therapist - ideas, recommendations, tips & hints. (for referrals see Resources.HomePage)
      1. Misdiagnosis - schizophrenia, mood disorders, etc.
    3. 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
    4. Developing co-awareness
    5. House Rules
      1. Internal Discipline - how to enforce the House Rules, and keep the peace.
    6. Identifying Triggers
      1. Deprogramming Triggers
    7. Memory work - digging for and recovering lost memories
      1. False Memory Syndrome
      2. Healing traumatized residents
    8. Healing Trauma - Forest's Article on Tentative Process for Healing Trauma
    9. Internal Landscaping - working with and on the internal landscape as a part of self-work
      1. Internal Safe Space
      2. Internal Meeting Space
    10. Tool Kit -- methods of doing headwork, and little tricks of self-discipline and diagnosis
      1. Grounding Techniques
      2. Communication Techniques
      3. Litmus Test -- make your anxiety work for you
      4. Implementation Intentions -- self-programming, program constructs, alarms, positive triggers
  15. The Lighter Side of Multiplicity
    1. Multiple Humor
      1. Comics
    2. Multiple Moments
    3. Everyday multiplicity
      1. Everyday evidence - sayings, and pop-culture imagery, that hint at multiplicity being pervasive.
  16. Other Problems - like singlets, multiples sometimes report these experiences
    1. Insomnia
    2. Substance Abuse
    3. Self-injury
    4. Depression
    5. Suicidal Depression
    6. Suicide Attempts
    7. Personality Disorders
      1. Borderline Personality Disorder
    8. Eating Disorders
      1. Anorexia
    9. Escapism
  17. Glossary
  18. Resources

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