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I have broken down the different parts that make up one whole single memory, so I will refer to each individual aspect of a memory as a Part. This is not rocket science and does not come out of a textbook, that I have found anyway. However, this is my own description of the ways that our minds operate, both multiples and non-multiples alike.
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I have never heard anyone else describe some of these parts of memory before, but I think that it is important for non-multiples to understand just how separated every persons mind can be.
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One whole memory can be broken down into many different parts which are the "all familiar" five senses that we know of; they are sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. However, I have added a few other senses in the memory process that I believe you will find familiar as well. These other parts are: body, emotional and spiritual.
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By the way, when speaking of their alters, some survivors do refer to them as Parts.
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Below are the parts of the memory that can recall a familiar memory if all are triggered at the same time. I've added a few along with the five senses that we are familiar with.
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small bullet The Sight Part:
This part recognizes a familiar sight.
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small bullet The Smell Part:
This part recognizes a familiar aroma.
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small bullet The Sound Part:
This part recognizes sounds and noises.
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small bullet The Taste Part:
This part can recall a familiar flavor.
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small bullet The Touch Part:
This part can only recall how something feels to the touch such as soft, hard, cold or hot.
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small bullet The Emotional Part:
This part feels the different emotions, like happy, sad, lonely or afraid.
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small bullet The Body Part:
This part is one that recalls a physical sensation such as pain, nausea and burning.
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small bullet The Spiritual Part:
This part experiences the euphoria of an emotion such as joy, excitement, love and to experience anger, fury rather than to simply be unhappy or sad. Our spiritual part is the emotional passion within us.
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All of these parts work together to form one whole memory and they can all be triggered by our outside world either alone or all at once. However each part has it's own memories. For instance looking at a picture from you vacation might trigger your sight parts memory only as a familiar vision.
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But if none of the other parts have been triggered, then nothing from the picture seems familiar enough to other parts or any of your senses, then it only becomes a familiar picture instead of a whole memory of any certain place.
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A good example of these different parts working separately; and then being triggered to form a whole memory could be going to a theme park.
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When you first arrive at the park, your emotional part is triggered by your site, sound and smell parts and then your emotional part remembers that it is a fun place to be and you're happy to be there. Then suddenly your body part is triggered when your sight part spots the roller coaster.
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Then your body part actually remembers being on the ride before, and how it felt to your body to zoom up the ramp and then down and how dizzy you may have felt at the end of the ride. And finally that spiritual part is triggered and you remember what a wonderful exciting joyous experience it was before. What a rush!!!
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All of our parts "memories" can be felt or experienced alone or in conjunction with any one, two or even all of the above. How ever for a person who has developed the unique defense mechanism, "D.I.D.", each of these parts can be very much separated and felt or experienced totally on it's own and without triggering the other parts. This is one reason that confusion runs ramped throughout the entire system of alters.
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By: Candy Little
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