Last week’s article was all about alters. This week we look at the difference between alters and fragments in dissociative identity disorder (DID) and other specified dissociative disorder (OSDD) .
The book the haunted self teaches us where the word fragment comes from;
Braun in 1986 suggested a sort of spectrum, with at the one end a very limited emotional part that contains a small aspect of a traumatic experience (which he referred to as a “memory trace fragment”), and much more complex emotional part’s at the other. He described a very limited emotional part as “a fragment that has only a minimal set of response patterns to stimuli, life history, and range of emotion/affect but has knowledge for a short period of time”
Fragments are just as valid as alters, they are not and should not be any less. They are just at a different place on the spectrum as you or other alters are. They are under developed as an individual or leck personality traits in general and might come across flat and/or 2D. They often do not have enough life experience to have developed into a fully developed alter. Fragments might always experience the same emotion or always perform the same task. They might also have a specific purpose during trauma. Fragments are also great memory holders. They can hold a smell, sound, taste, feelings or what they saw and observed. This is why it is so important to invite all parts, including all fragments to work together when addressing trauma, to be really able to integrate the memory. So multiple fragments can hold one traumatic memory. It is also said that fragments are easier to integrate then alters, if one is interested in that.
OSDD might have more fragments then alters. This is because it is said that often OSDD has only one apparently normal part and next to that mostly emotional parts. (coping with trauma related dissociation) Emotional parts are more often fragments. Hence OSDD might experience more fragments then alters.
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