What makes a person a legitimate multiple is the creation of the alter
personalities who have their own distinct characteristics. An alter can be
male, female or even an object as well, but no matter what that alter is,
there is a reason, a purpose and a function that he/she or even it was created
Each alter personality has their own unique handwriting! Some may need
glasses, and even different prescriptions from one another where others may
have 20/20 vision. There may be an alter personality or two with eating
disorders, and the food preferences are just as unique amongst the
The alter personalities have their own likes and dislikes and each acts and
talks age appropriately (The age that they are on the "inside"). Some can
paint, while some can sew and some can write beautiful poetry or stories,
there may even be a decorator and even an architect. They even make the body
feel the same size as they are on the inside.
The original person (the one who was born) is usually not present during the
abuse in childhood, she/he will usually dissociate from traumatic experiences.
This is usually the person who creates the first alter personality to
experience the abuse while she/he (the original person) dissociates and
becomes amnesiac to the event; and the alter personalities as well.
Therefore while this created alter personality is present and aware of the
abuse; time stands still for the original person causing her/him to "lose
time." I might add also that because this is an automatic defense mechanism
used to protect the body and mind in childhood, that new alter personalities
can even be created in adult hood to experience adult trauma or even just to
perform functions that the younger alter personalities are not capable
After a traumatic episode comes to an end the original person may or may not
associate herself/himself back to the conscious mind but may (and probably
will) stay amnesiac to the trauma or episode that had just occurred. If the
trauma continues and the traumatized alter personality cannot take any more
abuse, then another alter personality is created and the latest alter
personality will retire or just not be present anymore; and may not even
appear again until years later, at which time she/he may still be back in the
past and does not even know that the body has grown up.
One or more of these alter personalities will become host personalities, who
are the alters who "stay out" the majority of the time to take care of every
day tasks that other alters are not able to do because they have faced too
much trauma or other reasons. When the body is faced with more traumatic
episodes then the host will usually "go inside" to protect themselves from
being tarnished with any negative memories. This procedure of going in and out
of the sub-conscious mind causes the host to even lose time.
Usually the "original person" (The one who was born to the body) is
extremely confused because she/he is the one that all of the other alter
personalities are protecting. In fact in some cases the original person will
simply die off and the mind is left with the surviving alter personalities who
appear to function quite well in society whether the original is dead or not.
These alter personalities usually remain the same age as when they experienced
their abuse, which explains the reason for so many different ages of alter
By: Candy Little