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Re: ego states Aphrodite

Posted by Pfinstegg on August 1, 2004, at 22:30:32

In reply to ego states Pfinstegg, posted by Aphrodite on August 1, 2004, at 16:01:52

Thanks so much for replying, Aphrodite. Even though I am finding my own therapy experiences with my dissociated parts to be so powerful- and so helpful-, I felt that maybe I was venturing too far into unknown territory in speaking so candidly about them here. So I do really appreciate the support from you and Daisy- I feel so reassured that i didn't cross over into too uncomfortable an area.

I think there are presently only three or four of us posting about ego state disorders (I think that's the correct term when you don't have DID, but have something less severe along the same spectrum). I put up a huge fight against recognizing that I had it (to the point that my T. said, "you're almost making ME doubt it, too!- not really- he was teasing) But, as the various parts began to emerge- often through slips of the tongue, or strange things that I couldn't believe I'd actually said- the whole process of therapy has gotten easier and begun to make much more sense. I don't really know what lies ahead- in terms of how integrated I'll be able to get, but just learning to give all the different parts a voice- and to try to respect and comfort them- has made me feel a lot better. Do you feel, as my T. and I do, that it is an under-diagnosed, and under-treated, disorder?

I'd love to know how EMDR fits into your therapy. It sounds like it's a real help. Is it supposed to help the unconscious parts of your different selves become more integrated with one another, or more available to your conscious awareness?




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