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.
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.
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.
By the way, when speaking of their alters, some survivors do refer to them as Parts.
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.
The Sight Part:
This part recognizes a familiar sight.
The Smell Part:
This part recognizes a familiar aroma.
The Sound Part:
This part recognizes sounds and noises.
The Taste Part:
This part can recall a familiar flavor.
The Touch Part:
This part can only recall how something feels to the touch such as soft, hard, cold or hot.
The Emotional Part:
This part feels the different emotions, like happy, sad, lonely or afraid.
The Body Part:
This part is one that recalls a physical sensation such as pain, nausea and burning.
The Spiritual Part:
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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.
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.
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
A good example of these different parts working separately; and then
being triggered to form a whole memory could be going to a theme
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
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!!!
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.
By: Candy Little