Maybe you happened on to this web page by chance. Or perhaps you're looking for information for a term paper or an article for a newspaper. Maybe you or someone you love has learned they are plural. Whether for any of the above reasons or even another, we'd like to share with you some facts along with a few of our thoughts and beliefs.
Multiplicity is not an illness or disorder. Some may lead you to believe this for a variety of reasons, but they are all concepts based on prejudiced backward ideas and beliefs, just like any other preconceived prejudices our society has had over the decades.
It's quite possible to have a system that is in chaos and everyone needs to learn to operate for the benefit of all... cooperate and communicate. In other words your system might be IN disorder, but you are not A disorder.
Here's a common occurrence. Someone who is multiple goes to a therapist for assistance because their life is in turmoil. they disclose they are plural. Diagnosis? D.I.D. Yet what they went for originally had nothing to do with being multiple. Their life is messed up, but it ain't because they are multiple! Here's a good article, by Andy Temple, on another multiples website, that says it clearly.
No More(cocoons) (labels) (words), Liberating Selves Definition by Andy Temple
I (Jazz) personally get on the band wagon and start advocating for change and often don't stop to think of the situations of those I am advocating for and with.
A Multiple system I have great respect for, Aynetal3, does a LOT of research to keep themselves and others informed about what is being said about Multiplicity.Their blog on Multiplicity is a chock full of information http://annsmultipleworldofpersonality.blogspot.com/. They're also selling a book Ann's Multiple World of Personality
Although there's a lot on the next several pages, activism is the goal of this site. It will be difficult to change the ideas and attitudes of society, especially the medical community --- but these are our lives and we need to take control of the helm. Now is the time for self advocacy and empowerment. Being plural/multiple is NOT an illness, it is a way of life!
We have a lot of similarities to the old ideas of homosexuality. People who were homosexual used to be deemed to have a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association, something to be cured of. Thank goodness most (definitely not all) people came to their senses and learned that being gay is a way of life, part of who you are. It doesn't define who you are as a person though, anymore than the color of your eyes.
We need to stand up for ourselves like the gay community did nearly 40 years ago. We need to travel the road that the African Americans or people of color paved for us. People with disabilities are the most recent group to claim their rights as individuals and to be treated as such. No matter what they try to tell you, whether it be friends, family or even the medical community, remember that being plural is in no way an illness, something to be cured of.
Please stay tuned to these pages, especially the activism page. We so hope we can accomplish what others in the past have. Encourage and support taking a stand and saying "no more" to exploitation, objectification and ridicule. If you have an idea for activism, or a need for advocacy for yourself or others, please contact us.
Also, here is a link to our Yahoo! group. We have and are doing LOTS of activist activities! Please come join us.
Our phone number and email address are on the Links/contact page.