Some alternates communicate autonomously with each other and though
there are boundaries between alternates these boundaries can be permeable.
“Dissociative identities exist in a third reality, an inner world that is visualized, heard, felt and experienced as real. This third reality is often characterized by trance logic. In trance logic, ideas and relationships of ideas about things are not subject to the rules of normal logic. Because (the alternates) are kept in separate compartments (of the brain), contradictory beliefs and ideas can exist together; they do not have to make sense. In the way, the internal world has many alternate selves that experience themselves as separate people. There is a pseudo delusional sense of separateness and independence.”
From Trauma and Dissociation
I don’t experience the inner world of my dissociative system as vividly
as the alternates that use Second Life do.
“First you start to feel like maybe there never was anything wrong with you. That perhaps the people you called family were just horrible human beings that foisted their nefarious motives on you. They lied about you, about your worthlessness and your unlovableness and your hopeless loser life. Lies!”
I read somewhere (sorry, I can’t remember the source) that the “truth teller” who usually becomes the scapegoat of a narcissistic family, is actually the most mentally healthy family member, even if the family has everyone convinced that person is the craziest one.