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In particular we heal Alters or broken off parts of the soul which require a quite specific kind of care for personalised inner integration...All as gently as possible.
The term for these broken off parts has changed over the last few years. First they were called “multiple personality syndrome”, then “altered states of consciousness”, then “dissociative states” . They are also called Alters or Others and currently they are simply called “helpers” (short for Inner Self Helper) or “parts” or broken parts. At SAS we call them alters as an abbreviation for “Altered States”.
These broken parts are a kind of extraordinary mechanism put into place inside our emotional brain,. Which allows us to survive in spite of severe emotional shocks.
At SAS since 2000 we have been aware of particular inner protections of our soul and emotions. In this, it is not a question of resilience – though the role that alters play may bring resilience to mind. We will speak about this again later on. Recently we have become aware of not only why they exist, but also of how one can meet the alters and intervene in their favour.
Today we have come to the conclusion, based on the people we have taken charge of at SAS that most people are included in this problem.
An alter is a part of the personality which is kept apart from the central “me” or ego of our personality – a sealed off part of pain, as well as being sealed off in time. So, an alter is a part which has its own personality, its own fears and its own angers. They can live sometimes with a certain degree of autonomy, but they always have the aim of protecting the central person.
If these broken off parts had not been created, the memory of the trauma would revolve endlessly like a loop video in the thoughts of the person concerned. But this gift is also a handicap. It can bring up behavioural problems, according to the intensity and repetition of the traumatic events.
This protection process can range from a simple dissociation to one or many separate identities. Most often, these processes are put into place in the first six years of life, as it is then that children are the most vulnerable.
What characterises the broken off parts?
1- These parts take control of the behaviour of the person concerned, one after the other.
2- The person often has an inability to remember their personal history. And this inability to remember is too great to be explained by a bad memory.
The following are amongst the characteristics most often associated with a troubled identity or sense of self:
Other characteristics associated with a troubled identity are:
However often the person concerned shows great intellectual capacities.
In my work at SAS I have seen that parts have formed very early, as early as during the mother’s pregnancy, if there have been miscarriages, thoughts of or attempts at abortion by the mother.
I have also seen or observed broken off parts which adopt an identity opposed to the person him or herself. For example, if the parents are disappointed by the sex of their child, and would have preferred a little girl rather than a boy or vice versa., then the alter can be formed to please the parents and adopt feminine or masculine behaviour to this end.
Many identity problems, even homosexuality can be resolved once these parts are looked after. At present, when behavioural problems related to multiple personality are becoming more and more common, it would be interesting to examine this problem further. This is particularly so since so many people are implicated in problem; many young people put themselves at risk, at a sexual level and have difficulties with their sexual identity.
What are the different sorts of alters and what are their roles?
1. There are alters whose function it is to look after or contain sorrow, so that the rest of the personality can function in everyday life. There can also be alters which represent a child of the same sex.
2. Other alters have the opposite sex.
3. There are protective alters who are generally over 10 years old.
4. There are adult alters whose role is generally to keep the person is a state of denial of what really happened or who resolutely help the person to maintain their adult life.
One testimonial among many: