alter differences

Random Headcanon: Link’s androgyny isn’t just an artefact of the Zelda franchise’s art direction - and neither is it particularly unusual. Sexual dimorphism among Hylians is legitimately much lower than among real-world humans; if Link and Zelda swapped clothes, you’d never be able to tell who was the girl and who was the boy.

Consequently, Hylian society depends heavily on clothing to establish gender roles, to the extent that it’s a severe faux pas to question someone’s gender presentation. If they’re dressed like a girl, then they’re a girl - even if they were dressed like a boy yesterday. That’s why nobody ever remarks upon the fact that Zelda and her heroic alter-ego Sheik are different genders; it’d be gauche at best to bring it up.


part 1 / part 2

inspired by jack talking about a video game involving all the different alter egos

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90% of the many hours i put into this were spent watching jack’s videos repeatedly at 0.25x speed for screencaps. i think i’ve memorized all of the videos by now.

stardew valley // rochelle of fables in her cosy farmhouse.

Kin without Ableism

Identifying as otherkin or having kintypes can be a fantastic coping mechanism or a spiritual belief, however, neither coping nor spirituality are exempt from potentially being ableist.  

Please don’t:

  • Use the word “system” to describe your collection of kintypes. This is a word used by people with Dissociative Identity Disorder to describe the collection of identities severe childhood trauma split off. This is not appropriate to use for kin. This especially goes for alter- alters are trauma-split identity fragments in DID, not kintypes. I’d prefer you not use “headmates” either, regardless of what kin experiences you’re using the word to describe, there’s probably a better word to use.
  • Use the word fronting to describe kinshifts. Instead of, “Keith is fronting right now,” please try “I’m kinshifting Keith,” “I’m really feeling Keith right now,” etc. Fronting is related to alters and DID. It’s not appropriate to use for kin. 
  • Claim amnesia between kinshifts. Kinshifts are shifts of your identity, how you feel, how you react to situations. You shouldn’t have memory issues or a different core identity between kinshifts, and if you do, you need to seek professional help because you could be having seizures or another serious issue. 
  • Intentionally fracture off parts of yourself or treat specific kintypes as “not you.”
  • Diagnose your kintypes with mental illnesses and claim to have those mental illnesses because of kintypes. If you feel like you might have a severe mental illness, it’s up to you to cope with that and work on feeling better. 
  • Equate kin memories to repressed memories or “true” body memories. If a part of your spirituality is believing in past lives and you have memories of your kintypes, that’s great! However, equating it to recovered trauma memories, body memories (things you’ve experienced in this lifetime), etc is ableist. 
  • Don’t take up trauma survivor’s spaces based on kin memories of trauma. If you have a kintype that’s survived CSA, you may not claim space as a CSA survivor unless you’ve experienced that trauma in this body/life. If you have repressed trauma, it could present as nightmares and you could misinterpret that as kin memories. If you have nightmares of trauma or think you have traumatic kin memories, it’s definitely worth looking into with a therapist. You could be recovering memories and it would be damaging to cast them aside as kin memories. 

Please do:

  • Seek professional help if kintypes make you feel worse. If you feel out of control, if you feel like kintypes are controlling you or hurting yourself/others, if you feel disconnected from reality, if you have vivid or traumatic kin memories, if you have hallucinations/delusions, if kintypes make you feel worse instead of better at any point, please seek professional help. There could be something else going on.
  • Do educate yourself on the differences between tulpas, soulbonds, kintypes, etc and alters. Fictives (fictional introjects) are a type of alter, which again are specific to DID. Alters are split off from severe childhood trauma, and fictives are just alters who have similar grounded identities to that of fictional characters. This is not equatable to kintypes, IDs, soulbonds, etc. 
  • Listen to members of marginalized groups and keep your coping and spiritual beliefs free of ableism, racism, transphobia, etc!
  • Use your kintypes to make yourself a better person! It can be a powerful coping tool and a powerful tool for spirituality! If you’re using kin to cope with trauma, mental illness, everyday life, etc, that’s great. I’m pro-kin, just not pro-ableism and silencing of trauma survivors!

Kintypes are not the same as alters. The core difference is that kintypes are you, whereas alters are split from severe dissociation and trauma and are not you. It’s disrespectful and ableist to equate these. 

Most of the time, kintypes and related beliefs and behaviors can be changed and directed. If your behavior is ableist, racist, or unhealthy for you, it can be changed for the positive! Coping behaviors and spiritual beliefs are not exempt from criticism. 

anonymous asked:

Is it possible for one alter to have asthma when no one else does? I've had more than one attack before but as far as I know it only happens to me

Technically speaking, it is impossible for only one alter to have asthma; asthma is a disease that involves inflammation of the lungs, leading to hypersensitivity to allergens. Alters don’t each have unique lungs, nor do they have fully unique immune responses.

However, asthma is highly responsive to stress levels. When an individual with asthma is more anxious or stressed, they’re more likely to have an asthma attack and less likely to be able to control these attacks. This is thought to be due to complex interactions between neurophysiological and endocrine factors (x). If different alters are under different levels of stress or react to stress in different ways, they may be more or less likely to suffer from an asthma attack.

Similarly, subjective lung functioning in individuals with asthma is thought to be capable of being influenced by placebo effects (x). One study even found objective improvement in the form of “reduced nonspecific airway hyper-responsiveness” in response to placebo treatment, and another study found that conditioning can reduce allergic responses through a specific H-1 receptor antagonist (x). It may be that individual alters can interact with the brain and body in a similar manner. 

I hope that this helps!

How to Write a Shapeshifter

We’ve all heard of the character. The sneaky shapeshifter with the shaky morals. The spy of the group. I fall victim to the stereotype a lot, honestly. This post was hard to write because I struggle with writing shapeshifters even now.

First things first:
How did they get this power?

Here’s something that isn’t gone into a lot. Did your shapeshifter–let’s call them Zorua because I’m a Pokémon nerd– how did Zorua get their power? Were they born with it? (Did they ever get mistaken for a pet or a pest?) Was it a ritual they went through on purpose? (For power of to help people?) Or were they given it against their will? Could they be used as a weapon? Try to think outside the box beyond the typical shapeshifter origin.

What are their limits?

Shapeshifting can be an invincible power if you think through it all. That’s why, like all magic, there has to be areas they can’t use. Some possible limits:
Got their power a few years ago and unfamiliar with it
It’s against their beliefs
It triggers them because of how they got it
They can only transform into certain animals
Werewolves are good examples of this even though they’ve been done to death (love me a decent werewolf story). They have limits on when they can shift and they only have one animal. A good example of a shifter limit is the book Shiver, where the werewolves transform against their will in the cold, and after several shifts, they’re stuck as a wolf forever.

How do they feel comfortable with their power?
Here’s a good one. Going back to the ‘against their beliefs’ part, would they even want to use their power? Think of all the judgement in our world…imagine theirs! Shapeshifting is the perfect tool for crimes–would the stigma against it cause them to hide themselves or hate themselves? Also, if they got their power against their will, would they not use it because it reminded them of bad times?

How has this power shaped their life?
This one is general character development. If your character could turn into other humans perfectly, how would they have used it when they were younger? If I was a ten year old who could turn into my mother, I would jump for the chance and probably be too immature with it too. What kind of stories would they be able to tell? Also, LGBT+ characters. Nonbinary and trans characters could change their appearance at all. Characters with DID could change their appearance for different alters (watch out to not perpetuate stereotypes though).

What makes them different?
This one’s the toughest. Well, yes, they’re a shapeshifter. What makes them different from other shapeshifters? Do they use it for charity? Comedy?
A bard in older days could change their vocal cords to have different singing voices.
A king could disguise himself as a peasant to talk to his people.
A child running away from abusive parents could adopt a new life.
Guards of a wizard could disguise themselves as him to draw away fire.
A werewolf could gather a cool as h*ck Wolf Army and raid the camp of those jerks who set off fireworks near him.

There’s tons of possibilities with shapeshifters! Keep these questions in mind (or don’t I can’t control you) and create a profile for a shapeshifter/werecreature! If you want to add anything feel free!

I hope this helped you!


•dark wants control
•he respects wilford
•wilford did something to benefit all of the alter egos; but what?
•the two heads of the table were dark and wilford, and mark pointed out that wilford was standing
•perhaps wilford has more overall power than dark but dark knows how to use what he does have to his advantage
•the author is now called the host
•dark said “get back control”, but which point is he referring to when he says /back/?
•the king of the squirrels lives on 11/10
•septiplier, on the other hand, does not
•"i feel like we’ve deviated from our primary objective. if we are to get back on track, we need to risk our goals, and unify into a singular strategy.“
•the alter egos have different goals
•google says //our// primary objective, which would be different than //his//: to answer questions as quickly as possible. therefore, what is their primary objective? control?

anonymous asked:

I know that it's not possible for someone whose body isn't autistic to have a single alter with autism, but is it possible to have an alter that isn't autistic when the system is dx'd as autistic?

No, not technically. An individual is either autistic or they aren’t (ignoring diagnostic ambiguities). If someone has autism, they will always have autism, and that can’t change. To put it simply, their brain is the brain of an autistic person, and no matter how alters interact with the brain, it will always be autistic because it has no other way it can be.

However, it’s very common for different alters in an autistic system to present differently. This may include one or more alters seeming less affected by sensory sensitivities, better able to tolerate change or uncertainty, less inclined to stereotypic movements, or more socially skilled (or at least less socially awkward) in some combination. It may be that these alters function similarly to what might happen if any autistic person tries to act allistic for too long in that their presence may lead to eventual burn out or at least a need to retreat and be more openly autistic for a bit.

I hope that this helps,

-Katherine of Those Interrupted

Near the close of the Metamorphoses, Ovid wrote, “Time itself flows on with constant motion, just like a river, for no more than a river can the fleeting hour stand still. As wave is driven on by a wave, and, itself pursued, pursues the one before, so the moments of time at once flee and follow, are ever new.” He describes how every minute gives place to another, how night passes into day, morning into night, the sky passes through its colors from red at sunrise to red at sunset, the moon waxes and wanes, the seasons change, human bodies pass from infancy to youth to middle and old age, earth and water are heavy and sink down, fire and air are light and rise up, the earth becomes liquid, water becomes wind, air flashes into the fiery atmosphere of the heavens, fire condenses and thickens into air, air into water, and water, under pressure, turns into earth. Rivers appear and disappear, marshes become deserts and deserts marshes, seashells lie far from the ocean, volcanoes become extinct, bees are born in the rotting carcasses of bulls, hornets in the carcasses of war horses; within the silence of the tomb, the rotting marrow forms into a snake. Ovid realizes that his own account is taking place in time and that as he has seemed to embrace time within his writing, so time will eventually overcome that inscription: “The day will end, and Phoebus sink his panting horses in the deep, before I recount all the things that have been altered to a different shape. So we see times change, and some nations gain strength, while others sink into obscurity.” In our everyday experience of time, we similarly think of both the past and the future as commensurable infinities. But we have traces of the past, memories and records, and no traces of the future.
—  Susan Stewart, The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics

I’m here for systems.

I’m here for systems who do not remember what their trauma was.

I’m here for systems who wish they were singlets.

I’m here for systems who are fine with and open about their multiplicity.

I’m here for systems who have a hard time feeling valid.

I’m here for angry, destructive alters.

I’m here for littles who have to see their terminology appropriated and sexualized.

I’m here for alters of different genders than their host’s body.

I’m here for systems with only two members, and I’m here for systems with 30+ members.

I’m here for DID systems.

I’m here for OSDD systems.

I’m here for every system discovering their multiplicity and struggling to come to terms with it.

I’m here for fictive alters.

I’m here for systems who experience dissociative amnesia, and those who don’t.

I’m here for systems who fear switching.

I’m here for non-human alters who struggle with body dysmorphia.

I’m here for each and every system.

I’m so tired of feeling so unmotivated but yet I am so antsy to do other things. I’m constantly upset with how boring my life is and I try to fix it by randomly doing thing like painting or playing my instruments but it’s so hard when your attention span only lasts for 30 minutes or your motivation alters to something different. I am so tired of feeling like my life is uninteresting because I can’t focus on a passion very well.

“What is Dissociation?”

I was prompt to make this after answering at least 10 asks about this. During my latest ask about it, I found myself really thinking more about posting it because I was so inspired.
I dedicate much of my blog and much of my study as a psychology student to awareness and advocating for mental health, so I was driven to post this.

However, I also made this post because I see stuff like this around tumblr and social media:
”Omggggg I dissociated soooo baddddd todayyyyyy I was in school and didn’t payy attention!!!!”
”I zoned outttttt! I am so symptomatic!”

Ok let’s stop. There’s all these people who read about it on google and tumblr, then run around acting like they’re “sooooooo symptomaticcc!” and so many people think they have what they read. It’s quite insulting and mocking of the struggle. Some may just need to be more informed.

Dissociation is a general and broad term referring to a lack of and disconnection from reality. It’s a psychological defense mechanism.
Dissociation is not to be confused with psychosis/psychotic symptoms, which is a loss of reality (rather than a lack of reality) in which symptoms outside of reality occur (hallucinations, delusions, etc).

The concept of dissociation in psychology is very broad and very complex. It is based on a spectrum– it can be anything from nonpathological dissociation (Which is “normal” dissociation; not relating to and not caused by a disorder, such as daydreaming and zoning out), to pathological dissociation as a symptom, to dissociation as a disorder in itself.

So while daydreaming and zoning out is a form of dissociation, there is a difference between this nonpathological dissociation, pathological dissociation as a symptom, and dissociation as a disorder in itself.

Compared to symptomatic pathological dissociation, daydreaming, zoning out, among other states, is a nonpathological dissociation. This psychological response is typically minor and natural. Examples of this include daydreaming and kind of zoning out in a convo, dissociating while driving for long distances, and zoning out while watching a movie or reading a book.

Nonpathological dissociation can occur for various reasons, whether it’s a psychological defense mechanism to boredom, fatigue, a lack of stimulation, if someone has a lot on their mind, to disconnect from stress/anxiety, etc.

Now, just because it is common and nonpathological doesn’t mean it can’t be problematic. We can all agree dissociating while driving or when stressed in certain circumstances can be very problematic. There are still grounding techniques to manage this issue.

Technically, as you can see, we all dissociate. Sometimes, every day!

On the other hand, pathological dissociation means it is dissociation relative to and caused by a disorder. This symptomatic dissociation: disrupts one’s life, continues despite efforts to stop it, is autonomous, intrusive, typically very unsettling and startling, and is more chronic.

Symptomatic pathological dissociation usually occurs in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Related Disorders (PTSD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

I want to mention that periods of dissociation may clearly happen more often in disorders like Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders. In those mental illnesses, it’s not on the criteria, nor is it typically as severe. It is not a main hallmark symptom like it is for PTSD and BPD, in which it is on the main symptom criteria. Naturally, as stress/anxiety may be a trigger for even nonpathological dissociation, it would make sense to see that if someone has a disorder that causes stress, anxiety, and depression, it may occur more often and more severe than it would for someone without those disorders! While it’s not on the criteria or a main severe symptom, that doesn’t mean there’s no struggle and need to handle it and put it under control through grounding and therapeutic techniques and skills.

Symptomatic dissociation in PTSD and BPD is a psychological defense mechanism that is to a severe extent where it starts to affect multiple areas of one’s life, has various symptoms attached to it, and occurs typically because of triggers. One can almost view it as the fight/flight system “freezing” in response to stimuli or an altered state of consciousness.
Dissociation occurs in these disorders to lessen and fend off the emotional reaction, memory, perception, or occurrence, and defend itself by “blocking it out” and disconnecting from it.
For example, with PTSD, it may be in response to a traumatic trigger or reminder. In BPD, it may occur in response to reactive anger and impulsiveness or a distorted perception.

Due to the nervous system “blocking out,” a series of symptoms occur that cause one to feel detached, disconnected, and separated from themselves, the things around them, and reality.
Overall symptoms include:

  • -Fuzzy/foggy and disconnected vision, hearing, and other senses
  • -Double vision
  • -Difficulty making out objects (smaller/bigger than what they are, distorted, etc)
  • -Fatigue or a heavy feeling
  • -Feeling empty and detached
  • -Feeling as if one is floating or in a dream
  • -Feeling as if one is watching themselves from outside their body
  • -Feeling as if their body does not belong to them
  • -A deja vu feeling
  • -May or may not have trouble with memory (complete lapses or difficulty remembering what happened during the dissociation)
  • -Headaches
  • -Dizziness
  • -Freezing (note it’s not to mean completely frozen. It’s referring to limited movement, a lack of responses, such as someone just standing there not doing much, sitting there, seemingly daydreaming at times).
  • And more

It’s NOT just experiencing one or two of some of these symptoms, either. Someone isn’t symptomatic because they’ll feel deja vu at times or moments in which they may experience one or two of those reactions. Additionally, sometimes nonpathological dissociation may also be worse at times than others during times of fatigue or stress, but it doesn’t automatically make it pathological. Psychological reactions like that would be on the verge of nonpathological dissociation because as you can see, there’s a few overlaps, and it’s a spectrum.
Some of this logic also wouldn’t make sense. If someone was only experiencing dizziness or a headache and nothing else, that’s clearly not dissociation. That’s a headache. I write this because people tend to think they’re symptomatic when they experience some of these responses that can be part of nonpathological dissociation to a certain degree. Pathological dissociation, as mentioned, is disruptive to life, autonomous, typically a trigger, etc.,

Dissociative reactions can be more acute (i.e., dissociating/blocking out in response to an immediate trigger, distortions, etc.) or more chronic, such as if dissociative feelings (i.e. disconnected, floating, etc.) remain for periods of time. Notice how some of the symptoms listed there wouldn’t necessarily last as a chronic dissociation– someone wouldn’t chronically “freeze,” for example.

Additional signs/symptoms of dissociation that typically occur in chronic instances throughout one’s day, may include:

  • -Talking in a monotone, quiet, slow, or dull manner
  • -Talking in a manner that may not make sense or seem disorganized
  • -Seeming very “off” and short attention span for a period of time
  • -Doing things and not remembering
  • -Having brief memory disturbance and lapses throughout their day, etc.

When it comes to dissociation as a separate mental disorder in itself, it occurs with its own set of symptoms/criteria to a severe extent and unique pattern, rather than a symptom of another mental disorder. Dissociative disorders are defined by affecting perception, feelings, identity, and awareness.

Very briefly, this would include:

  1.  Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder): Typically caused by severe trauma or sexual abuse, this is when the individual dissociates as a result of a defense mechanism from the trauma, and there is an alter identity/personality during those dissociative states. Their memory during these states is impaired and they may or may not be aware of the alters. The presentation of the alter differs per individual– there may be extreme changes of behavior, voice, appearance, or name, but it isn’t typically noticeable and may be less obvious and remain hidden, as the point is to protect and preserve the self.
    The individual has gone through so much severe trauma, that the dissociative states have an alter to take over during these stressful states and other triggers to preserve and protect the self– They switch between their alter(s) and themselves.

  2. Dissociative Amnesia: Due to trauma and other disasters, the individual acutely loses memory– may forget who they are, where they are, and/or what happened.

  3.  Dissociative fugue: Amnesia of the identity, which includes perception, memory, and personality. As a result, it includes a sudden change in who they are, which then may result in wandering or traveling to places, unplanned, a make-up of a new identity, etc.

  4. Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder: There are two parts of dissociation. Depersonalization (dissociation of the self) and delrealization (dissociation of surroundings). This is when someone persistently dissociates and is aware it is a feeling and not really occuring, and it is a condition in itself and not a result of another condition like BPD and PTSD.

  5. Dissociative disorder otherwise specified/unspecified

Notice how nonpathological dissociation occurs typically as a disconnection from immediate surroundings from boredom, stress, distraction, etc., and symptomatic pathological dissociation goes deeper into disconnecting from the triggers, identity, intense emotional experience, perception, and awareness.
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Breeds VS Species PSA

Guys, please don’t use the word ‘breed’ interchangeably with the word ‘species’.

Those are not even remotely the same thing!

Dogs have breeds.
There are breeds of cat.
There are breeds of bunny.
Breeds of cow, breeds of horse, breeds of goat, breeds of sheep, breeds of pig, breeds of chicken, breeds of duck, breeds of pigeons, breeds of goldfish…

All of which are distinct genetic variations atrificially selected from their respective single species.

All breeds of dog from st bernard to chihuahua are the species Canis lupis familiaris, for example, with the Wolf, Canis lupus, being the wild type from which the domesticated breeds derived.

There are not different breeds of parrot.
With the exception of the budgerigar (which comes in Wild Type and English which have significantly different skull structures), those are all completely separate species.

With the exception of the Goldfish (which has at least twenty distinct breeds) and possibly the betta?, there are only species and color or fin varients of fish.
(I hesitate to include betta, guppies, and platys as breeds rather than mutations because only their color and fins are altered, where as the different breeds of goldfish have drastically different skeletal and body shapes from the wild type.)

Calling different species of parrots ‘breeds’ is like lumping foxes and dogs together as the same species because they are both canidae.

When pet shops claim to sell many “breeds” of fish, it’s about equivalent to lumping land mammals all under the same species because they have fur and four legs.

It also makes things really confusing when discussing a species like the domestic pigeon that has many different actual breeds with in it if the other person doesn’t know the difference between “species” and “breed”. You guys have no idea how many times I have had to explain that yes, two different breeds of pigeon will generally get along if housed together and can successfully interbreed because they are the same species. You just get mix breed offspring from two different breeds of pigeon, same as you would from mating two different breeds of dog.