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Rob Goldstein: Featured on Beyond Your Past

I’m proud that I’m this week’s featured podcast on Beyond Your Past.

I have a multiplicity of conflicting opinions about everything including
my diagnosis.

These conflicts manifest as a pattern of symptoms that affect productivity.

Learning to cope with these symptoms is a primary treatment goal.

This is the core of this week’s podcast with Matt Pappas.

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Do Your Alters Agree with the Diagnosis of DID?

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The Beyond Your Past Podcast is hosted by Certified Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, and Mental Health Advocate, Matthew Pappas. He is also the founder of SurvivingMyPast.net, a blog in support of all who have survived the Trauma of Abuse.


Beyond your past is a great resource for people with C-PTSD and other trauma related symptoms.

‘Portrait of Rob Goldstein #25’ and Campos (c) Rob Goldstein 2019

19 thoughts on “Rob Goldstein: Featured on Beyond Your Past

  1. This is most interesting, Rob. The idea of having alter egos of different ages. Your response to Mary was fascinating as I would have expected the alters to stay the same age and only the primary one to age. Or isn’t there a primary one – I would think there must be.

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    1. Dissociative Identity disorder always begins in early childhood, usually before the age of five so the primary self is quite young.

      I have heard plenty of people say they feel as if they are pretending to be ‘grown ups’ so it is possible that all of us retain a younger version of ourselves, and that people with DID feel this sense of ‘pretending’ more acutely.

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  2. Excellent, Rob. A lot to think about and digest. You kind of answered a question I’ve been thinking about for a while and wasn’t sure if I should ask. I’ve been curious about the age of your alters and wondered if they grow older or if they remain the same age as when they arrived/appeared (not sure what word to use).

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    1. That is a good question, Mary, and you have my permission to ask any question you want. I think the alters sort of ‘grow up’ as therapy progresses. If you met me in person I might seem ‘youthful’ in the way I move and speak but not as extreme as in 2012 when an old friend said, “You have no clue how old you are, do you?”

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  3. I think it is almost impossible to imagine what conflicts you are facing day by day. It is great that you are featured and can spread awareness and insights about the problems to live with that diagnosis.

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  4. I think that’s a great question…”do your alters agree with your diagnosis?”
    Do they? Do they hate it? Do they fight about it? Do they accept it? I’d like to know if Bobby agrees or knows. I wish he would come out to play more. 😘

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    1. There is more agreement now than when I started treatment in 2011 but there is still some denial and infighting. One of the alters flushes medication. Another one, afraid of attention and success, hides my writing and deletes files. The alters are less disruptive now than at the beginning but it’s still a struggle.

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      1. Are they all aware of each other? You couldn’t hide your medication and not have it found?
        You and I have both suffered immense trauma but my imaginings can not fathom the depths of yours. Can you feel my hug? ❤️😘

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      2. I don’t know if they’re all aware of each other. I do know that different alters have different skills and ‘types’ of imagination and that it’s often dificult for me to understand the stories they tell. Once you get used to DID it’s not that terribly difficult to manage. Relationships with other people don’t necessarily get easier but at least I understand why most don’t want to believe me. 🙂

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