Very interesting blog… this actually fits the description of “structural dissociation” really well. Some people think structural dissociation – having Apparently Normal Parts of your personality (ANPs), along with Emotional Parts (EPs) is only relevant to people with DID because of their multiple identities – not true!
The terms ANP and EP originally came from studies of traumatized soliders during war time. The idea was that soldiers with PTSD – and traumatized civilians – seemed “normal” most of the time but when triggered an emotional part took over in a sense (by influencing thoughts, actions, behavior).
With Complex PTSD and other specified dissociative disorder (DDNOS) there will be many different Emotional Parts, even though none take physical control of the person’s body.
With DID there are multiple ANPs as well as EPs. Jeff’s blog is a fascinating look for more parts. Interestingly the often-ignored emotional of jealousy is not one he can find.
More on structural dissociation – http://www.dissociative-identity-disorder.net/wiki/Structural_dissociation
- What is an Emotional Part or EP (traumaanddissociation.wordpress.com)
- Book review: The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation -The Hidden Epidemic (helenreflectson.wordpress.com)
- Dissociation and Trauma (lowerthelifeboat.wordpress.com)
- Dissociative Amnesia & PTSD (jessicapsychology.wordpress.com)
- How Dissociative Are You? (discussingdissociation.com)
- Co-occurance of borderline personality disorder & DID – new research (traumaanddissociation.wordpress.com)
- The Result of Truama (cyanidecyan.wordpress.com)
- Resource: Myths of Dissociative Identity Disorder (mm172001.wordpress.com)
- False Memory Syndrome vs. Lying Perpetrator Syndrome: The Big Lie (dissociatingdoris.wordpress.com)
When you are MPD* or BPD* (both disorders are lumped under DID), or DIDNOS, chances are there is ‘someone’ or ‘something’ missing. You might not know who or what it is. It might be a memory, or a set of memories regarding a specific type of event. For instance, it took me a long time to realize I didn’t remember moving. I have no recall of ever having moved as a child – no memory of packing, boxes, moving trucks and men (the Army always moved us – for the most part.) Not one time. And yet I know for a fact we moved well over twenty times during my childhood (1-14). You would think something would be there. But . . . nada. Just one dim memory from right before we left “the Hood” – my mom showing me how to pack glasses. Then a faint…
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