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    Guide to Multiplicity

    Post  Sharden on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:47 pm

    Guide to Multiplicity
    Submitted by Chimera

    ~ What is Multiplicity?
    Multiplicity can be cut down to a most basic definition as being when more than one person and/or fragments of people share the same body. A group of people sharing a body are often referred to as a multiple system. A more complex and detailed explanation can and does vary depending on the unique multiple system. How someone ended up being in a system can vary greatly not only from one person to another even within the same system let alone other systems. Plus, the relations and connections between various members, or ‘headmates’ as they are called, within a system and the body they share can also range greatly for every system. Not to mention the numbers involved in any given system can range greatly from two into hypnotically infinity; however most systems tend to range from two to 20 or so people.

    For more of a more detailed description on multiplicity, we recommend The Layman’s Guide to Multiplicity and Multiplicity: What and How? By House Hesson


    ~ Does Someone Who Is Multiple Have Dissociative Identity Disorder?
    The phenomena of multiplicity can often be likened to Dissociative Identity Disorder (which was formally called Multiple Personality Disorder until the DSM-IV was published in the mid 1990s), and by definition DID can be labeled under multiplicity; however they are not mutually the same things nor do all multiple systems necessarily have DID by default. DID is a serious disorder and not all multiples in one means or fashion have many if any of the characteristics of being disordered in the sense of it causing stress or potential harm to a person or the people around them nor having the disorder itself by way of official diagnosis. Not all multiples even fit all the criteria or symptoms of DID even.


    ~ Are Multiples A Kind Of Otherkin?
    No, or at least not by default. Being multiple means one body is being shared by more than one individual persons. Those individual people may not be or identify as human themselves, but they just as easily might still identify as human. So not all multiple systems are inherently full of people who would be or do identify as otherkin or therian. Some systems might have all human members, some systems might be all nonhuman, while any system could be a mix. Multiplicity is a phenomena unto itself and has a whole separate community though there can be some overlap due to some members in some systems who might identify as therian or otherkin.


    ~ What do I call People Within A System?
    Some don’t mind being called alters, but others do. One common phrase often used is “headmate” though not all systems care for this word as it is sometimes used broadly to mean any entity within one person’s mind whether they are another person or not. Some prefer the word “members” or simply “people” and “persons.” It all comes down to personal preference, and so it’s best not to assume what one system is comfortable with will be the same as with what other systems are.


    ~ What Are Some Commonly Used Terms and What Do They Mean?
    - Headmate -- an individual person or entity who shares a body with others.
    - Fronting -- being in control of the body and aware of the body's actions as one's own.
    - Co-Fronting -- more than one person fronting at once.
    - Switching -- one person who is fronting stepping down and another taking control.
    - Headspace / Innerworld -- Two words that are sometimes used to refer to a mental landscape that the system interacts in.
    - Fictive -- a headmate who is from a fictional source or based off of a fictional character.

    For more terminology and more detailed definitions we suggest the glossary on Astraea’s Web and the Terminology section on The Layman Guide to Multiplicity


    ~ What Are Some More Resources For More Information on Multiplicity?

    More Resources and Information

    Healthy Multiplicity.com http://www.healthymultiplicity.com/
    Cartaala http://cartaala.dreamshore.net/
    Ex Uno Plures http://www.exunoplures.org/main/
    Collective Phenomena http://www.dreamshore.net/amorpha/

    Social Networking Sites
    Multiplicity Community http://multiplicity.livejournal.com/
    Multorum Animos http://z15.invisionfree.com/multorum_animos/index.php
    Plural Living http://livingplural.tumblr.com/

    Bibliography

    1. http://www.livescience.com/7177-hearing-voices-people.html
    2. http://daemonpage.com/introduction.php

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