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Presenters: These used to be called "the ones who don't know anything" aka the "clueless wonders".
The presenters lived daily life: went to school, graduated from college, worked as a nurse, got married, parented two outside children. They are kind, caring, loving people who enjoy people and have a great sense of humor.

Protectors: These the main parts that have helped keep a person safe from perpetrators, and make very loyal friends once their anger/pain/ilnesses/self-hatred/guilt/issues have been worked on.

* Physical protectors: Their main attitude seems to be: "Don't mess with me unless you want a fight," although many have changed and become powerful internal helpers. They also feel extremely protective of the few people they do love and trust, and would lay down their lives to protect them. Internal child alters love to hang around them, because they help them feel safe from outside harm.
* Sexual protectors: These are the ones who took any sexual abuse. They will often be timid, they will be compliant, never fight back. All to limit/avoid any punishment and so protect the body from harm.
* Emotional protectors: These took the emotional abuse, the insults and put downs. They will often be very quick witted, able to outsmart the abuser at times. But they will also know when to just be quiet and take the abuse. Sometimes they will start to believe what is said leading to very low self-esteme.

"Littles": These are child alters. Because the abuse was so traumatic, it is as if parts became "frozen in time" when the abuse occurred. These parts remember the hurt, the pain, and hold strong feelings about the abusers. They also can feel love, and seek outside nurture. Many hold strong abandonment feelings, and struggle with depression. When they are out, they look, sound, and act like a child of the age they believe themselves to be. They also often age quickly to the body's age and integrate quickly once their trauma is processed. These are the parts that like to play, enjoy cartoons, chocolate, stuffies, and coloring with crayons and finger paints. They love singing, and welcome hugs from safe outsiders. They also like to hug inside protectors, much to the protector's discomfort!

Cognitives: These are the intellectual, thinking alters who have no feelings. Often, in the midst of intense trauma or painful circumstances, it was important to not cry out (or more punishment would occur), or to be able to perform a task in spite of internal repugnance. Since feelings were unsafe, intellectual alters learned to come in. They can do anything and not show feelings. The world can be falling down, a tornado raging outside the door, and a cognitive will stay calm. They are great in a crisis, since nothing fazes them. They also tend to be the ones who "run the show" inside, and tell the others what to do.

Head honcho cognitives were called "controllers" because they like to control what is going on inside, and do so calmly and unfeelingly. Once their trauma is processed, they have helped greatly in grounding other more emotional parts to the here and now, when a flood of feelings occur.

Internal helpers: these are often intellectuals, and know lots about what is going on inside. Lots and lots. They also have great ideas on how to get better.

Internal sabatogers: these are the ones who want to block therapy, life, the world, and create misery, playing old "tapes" internally . Some have loyalties to the abusers, or to twisted ideologies. Others are simply afraid, or don't realize that they can do things differently. Time, patience, and the help of the intellectuals inside helps them to more and more change their old ways, and realize that life can be a good experience. That success is good, and doesn't need to be punished.

Cross gender alters: These are the men, trapped in a woman's body. They want a butch cut, love wearing pants and men's shirts, enjoy sports, and hate makeup or feminine things. They love hanging out with male buddies and shooting the breeze, and look at female chit-chat as the epitome of boring nonsense. Others are androgynous, have no sexuality, and are frankly relieved to not have to identify with either sex.

Internal leaders: These are the petted head honchos inside, the ones where "the buck stops here" is really true. They have always believed that they were "above being abused" and thought life was pretty good, looking with contempt at the poor feeling parts who got hurt. Time, therapy, and looking at the truth has mades them feel fairly disgruntled, as they have to realise that those poor abused parts were THEM, that everyone got hurt. But they also are wonderful supports in the healing process once they got past the "Gee, aren't I something special" phase, and realized that EVERYONE inside is valuable and special.

animal alters: these can be of any speicies, and can fulfil basically any of the above roles.

Inanimant object alters: these can be anything, a chair, a table, anything… they are basically like cognatives, they are useful as they have no feelings

disabled alters: these can have any disability, the most common are blind, deaf or mute. Basically because this will either prevent them from knowing the full extent of the abuse so protecting the system, or they will not know the extent so they are unable to ever tell of the abuse.

The real me: the Core, the orginal, the birth child.
this is only how we classify alters, mainly for ease of explaining to others, other's may have other ways of categorising.

How do we fit into this:

Name Role Age

Hazel core personality - 22.

Michelle physical protector - 17.

Sarah sexual protector - 16.

Rachel emotional protector - 15.

Luna role unknown - 8

Jenny helper/cognative - 6.

Jess presenter - 5.

Faith little/cognitive - 4.

Ivy animal alter/protector

Nameless - Cognitive/Internal abuser

HIM - Internal abuser/Internal sabatoger
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GuardiansofCalcaria Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much: this really helped us come togther as a system by figuring out everyone's 'type'. Could I add on a category? 'Ghosts' - alters based on real/fictional characters and can take any role :) Scarlet :)
theroyalus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Forgot to sign. -Ronin
theroyalus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
In some ways I agree with this, but mostly I feel objectified. You could apply the same logic of stereotyping to any group of people such as a family or a work environment, and while it might be useful to point out that the secretary's duty is to file paperwork and take calls, it's kind of demeaning to her as a person to suggest that's all she is. Yes, everyone in our group has specific roles they tend to carry out, but that's not the extent of who they are. I was originally considered to be some sort of Protector "alter," but I was also the main front 1995-1997 and again in 2010. I balance our group's finances. I have my own distinct social life.

I have to point out, though, that while this list isn't all-inclusive, it's illuminating. We have a member named Prog who fits the "Cognitive" description perfectly. But even he has a rich internal thought life, and tastes and preferences. I don't think I've ever seen the "Cognitive" category before, so it's interesting to see it described.

It's also been pointed out to us that our group might have more thoroughly-developed members because we've been without our original core for over fifteen years. As a result we've been pushed to become more complex and developed.
shadowlight-oak Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I see your point abut steortyping. We made this though mainly to help us to understand our own system and to help others understand too. It can also help when explaining things to singlets. We are all more than these labels, but these basically explain why some originally formed and the roles that we took up within the day to day existance of the body
theroyalus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
In that sense, I can see how this would be a good starting point for discussion. I guess what bugs me is that having a list like this that doesn't expand on those roles or clarify that we're more complex than that plays into stereotypes that many people have, that we're just stock characters.

Of course, the fact that we're having this discussion in the comments helps. ;-)

shadowlight-oak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
may add something into the artists comments bit with a bit of an explanation. Guess had never really fully thought about it before
maxy1323 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Thanks. Now I know what to call everyone. ^^
celestial-elevator Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Very interesting to read, again. Thank you for sharing.
Vietchic Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
hmm. i had no idea of this.... wow.
inumoon03 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this, helps a lot with us.
curoburo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, I never really thought that everyone had a specific role. It makes complete sense though and I can definitely see some of us in the roles you've written.

We thank you for sharing. ^_^
FirmAsRock Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Its fascinating stuff. This is another excellent piece Hazel. :D
ifeyescouldtalk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for sharing.
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