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Artist: Kevin Stanton

Artist: Kevin Stanton

This was a thought provoking article from a DID survivor about her experience with integration: Understanding Integration. I think that most, if not all of us with parts, even if we are not diagnosable with DID, have concerns and questions about integration. She addressed many of mine and has given me a lot to consider about the process. Perhaps my largest questions simply were, “What is integration like? Is it as lonely as it sounds like it would be?”

After reading the article, I find myself feeling like my head is “busy,” as if on several different levels I am evaluating what I have read and trying to form opinions of it. It was long and full of many provocative points, so I have a feeling that I will be processing it for awhile.

What do you all think? Not necessarily of the integration vs. non integration question, but of what she otherwise said about integration? What the process was like. What the benefits were for her. I will admit that at the moment I am very aware of the barriers in my mind and that the flow of information is not smooth or predictable. I am frequently frustrated by my limitations and the idea of my being able to have all of my recent thoughts and memories available is appealing to me.

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I have just finished reading The Wandering Mind: Understanding Dissociation From Daydreams to Disorders by Biever and Karinch and I would like to recommend it. I originally meant to write a review, but just couldn’t do it, for some reason, but I did want to make sure that I had mentioned the book to you all.

I see it as being a worthwhile read for a number of groups of people, but it might actually be most useful for those of you who have loved ones or friends who would like to gain a greater understanding of dissociation. Not only is dissociation explained in an accessible manner, but the authors also make some great arguments for keeping an open mind in the face of how odd dissociation may seem from the outside. I also see the book as being quite useful for people who live with dissociation and want to broaden their understanding of the phenomenon, clinicians, and people who are simply curious and would like to understand more about dissociation. In addition, while the authors give enough information about the background of the case examples to allow the reader to understand the seriousness of the trauma, they did a good job of stating things in ways that were unlikely to be triggering to readers who have been traumatized themselves.

My main problem with the book is that they actually didn’t even mention those of us who don’t actually have fully formed parts that satisfy the criteria of DID, but who do still have a complex dissociative disorder. In the past, I would have found this to be frustrating and invalidating, however now I am able to recognize that the authors did this in order to keep the content of the book manageable and it’s best for me to focus on getting out of the book what I can.

I highly recommend that you go to check it out. Amazon has a pretty substantial sample that you can try out. http://www.amazon.com/The-Wandering-Mind-Understanding-Dissociation/dp/1442216158/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379465241&sr=8-1&keywords=the+wandering+mind

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