Hello there, happy Sunday :) with your recent post about Ed and Eli, I've been wondering for some time now what the differences are between an alter and a fragment and how you cooperate/interact with each other? Is Cobe another fragment or alter too? Also thank you for running this blog, you guys do an amazing job of bringing attention to DID and educating people in such a warm and patient way :) I've been following you guys since the BBC Three documentary a few years ago and you're all amazing!
Thanks Hun =] that’s great - thanks for following us for so long
Fragments are generally considered more 2D than alters - often generally carrying specific emotions/memories at the least of their characteristic
We (and this is our own opinion) believe that all alters begin as fragments - just like a baby exploring the world for the first time - parts need to develop by their experiences of the world. They may know a few things about themselves and their preferences - but asking more specific questions - for example: “what’s your favourite flavour?” “How do you react in these situations?” “do you like marmite?” may be unknown and leave them blank - they don’t know because they haven’t experienced it yet
When fragments build on that it tends to be a hit or miss - either met with indifference and an unwillingness to participate in anything but their intended role, or they may be interested and be able to build on what they have - they need to form their own connections and pathways within the brain just like any other alter does and this takes time to develop
A split like Jake had with Cobe and Ed had with Eli tends to happen under trauma or stress. In our case - both stressors/traumas were linked with the alter most affected
If you jump on thin ice enough it’ll break - and that’s exactly what’s occurred