A Letter from Home: When My Alternates Talk to Each Other

This is a reblog of a post written October 2014.

Art by Rob Goldstein

Letters from Home_Dear Sara

This year I discovered that my alternates write to each other.

I found this letter from Bobby to Sara composed in 2010  with her reply.

I was surprised to find the correspondence because I didn’t know that some of my alternates considered each other friends and allies.

The logic of Dissociative Identity Disorder is that some aspects of the self are perceived as “other”.

“Sara” is a “protector” Alternate.

I think that she was the first alternate, which means that she emerged in childhood.

She will always comes out when one of the younger alters feels threatened.

Bobby is the teen alter who first joined Second Life to use it as a tool to “grow up”.

To some extent, he’s been successful.

There are many letters filed under ‘Letters from Home”.

Most of them are from Bobby to Bob.

Bobby wrote this to Sara as a 15-year-old.

It is the…

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8 thoughts on “A Letter from Home: When My Alternates Talk to Each Other

    1. It uses a pop art style that was popular in the 60’s but the model wears an outfit that was popular in the 90’s–and then there is the southern accent of the character and the action clearly has the feeling of being present in the past…which I think is the essence of nostalgia. But I sense that I’ve made more of it than is there…:)


  1. I am amazed by the fact that you can differ between them all. But I am even more amazed that you can differ between them and you. I thought who is you? An alternative? Or the sum of them all?

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    1. Erika,

      You raise an interesting point.

      Let’s say you live in a large house with a family of six.
      You are all separate members of the same family. To the
      outside you are the Kind family.

      But inside the house you are each different members of the
      Kind family.

      That’s the way it is in my head.

      My guess is that I’m an alternate.

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