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  • How did you first get to know your different parts? (GC Edition)

    Posted by Shardspace on December 18, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Hi everybody! I first asked this question in AMA but then realized I would also love to hear everybody’s story (if you’re up for sharing). For parts who weren’t immediately aware of the system, how did you first come to know of them, and what was early communication like?

    ConfusedSoup replied 1 year, 6 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • TraumatisedUnicorn

    Member
    December 18, 2022 at 3:13 am
    Level 4: Tadpole with Legs

    Hi!

    It’s been a blurry few hours and I still don’t know who I am right now, but I’ll answer mostly from our host’s perspective I think?

    She heard a male, adult voice in her head for the first time when she was 3. He just kept saying, “Hello,” and she was too scared to answer him for a long time, but she eventually said, “Hello,” back. They started talking regularly, and she started hearing another child and talking to her too. But she always just assumed they were imaginary friends that she never grew out of, for some reason. And no-one told her any different. A few more “imaginary friends” appeared over the years, and a voice she would sometimes hear during nightmares but assumed was just part of the dream, even when it seemed out of place. When she learned about the DID, she already felt like she knew a lot of us, she was just shocked to discover we were actually real. Our youngest alter can talk, but isn’t able to word things very well, so we can all get to know her better now that she can leave us pictures she’s drawn to give us an insight into her head. Ditto (the one who only communicates during nightmares) hid from most of the systen for a long time and I wouldn’t say any of us really “know” him yet. We’re working on it. We don’t have very good communication with our most recent alter yet, but we’ve been able to learn a bit about them through the conversations they’ve had with our boyfriend, through notes they’ve left us and we’re getting a sense of the things they like through the photo album they’ve created on our phone. It’s a good start for sure

  • ConfusedSoup

    Member
    December 26, 2022 at 6:06 am
    Level 5: Froglet

    i think we knew for a long time but at the same time didnt.<div>

    i’ve found old journals were we wrote back abs forth to eachother and lamented pretending to be one person from back in line middle school, but i dying remember writi g any of it (to be fair none of it was by me so that could be part of it)

    i think we were in our late 30s when the big event happened that changed everything adhd made us realize what was up.

    basically we had gone through some new shit (ill spare the details) and finally got to a safe place.

    pretty much everyone had retreated inside and a brand new alter, Paper, was host.

    but Paper had no memories

    like none.

    didn’t know our name, our partners, our family, nothing. but seemed fine with it.

    Paper didn’t understand the intense emotions they would get sometimes and tried to find a way to help those feeling (aka Smoke having a meltdown and endy thoughts)

    after a few years of research abs consulting found out about the disorder and got to work trying to communicate with smoke

    we’ve now got a diagnosis and paper is no longer hosting(but they’re still a sweety abs a great emotional help)

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