Chapter 38: Personalities
Each part has their own personality. Remembering that a persons personality is merely the reflection of the experiences they have experienced. Parts are created with personalities, based on the role they will play in the world. For example, a part might be planned for use in social situations and therefore would benefit from having a sense of humor. Therefore when the programmers are conditioning the particular part, the conditioning process will involve a comedy which will be watched over and over again by the particular part being conditioned until they have learnt to have their sense of humor.
When a switch happens a part returns to the sub-conscious state (known as “going inside”) and the replacing part will assume the “fronting” position. This part will not have memory of the previous part that was fronting. But as the part is operating from a state of consciousness with access to the sub-conscious, this allows the part to navigate the sub-conscious just like the therapist navigates the patient through their sub-conscious. The part is therefore fully able to obtain knowledge of the recent happenings by finding the part that was fronting and accessing their memories. However the memory is generally not completely clear. This is due to the part that is accessing an others’ memory via either preconditioned linking or via the association of something from the present that the part would have stored. The upfront part which has no self recollection of the memory, needs to run through the files of images to find the info that is required. This might take a couple of minutes for the part to obtain, however it is possible. A part will not however be able to access recent information from a part where there is nothing to link to. Meaning, a part cannot go and find out what occurred 15 minutes prior without some form of identifying value to search for. Remember memories are stored by commonalities. Also when a part is fronting, they have the power to pull sub-conscious memories into consciousness if needed and if reprocessed by the amygdala, a memory could then be stored in the conscious memory where it will be easy for any part to recall in the future.
As a rule of thumb, a system that is looking for healing, will apply a “dumping” rule. Meaning, every time a part is fronting they should make an effort to bring any memories that they might have for reprocessing by the amygdala into consciousness. If this effort is done repetitively by parts, it will become a conditioned action that all parts will then automatically do when fronting. This will cause healing to quicken but at the same instant will increase the intensity of the healing process, which can be an emotional painful experience. But it will speed up the process. Not all memories though will be able to be reprocessed by the brain and stored in conscious memory as they will still be too traumatic for the brain to process. Such instances the parts recollections and memories will be available during the time the part is fronting but when other parts are fronting there will be no conscious memory. This often leads to the misconception that people with multiple personalities lie as they will at times say one thing and at other times something completely different or not know anything of it. This is not due to them being liars, but merely due to the memory only have been available at the time of the part with the memory was fronting.