You, Me, Empathy - Episode 97: Dissociative Identity Disorder and Nonviolent Communication with The Copacetic System
Trigger Warning: Physical abuse, sexual assault, and early childhood abuse mentioned in this episode.
Starting off the episode, I spoke with Lydia (the core self) about how we define Dissociative Identity Disorder and the early childhood trauma she and the other parts experienced at the hand of their step-father. We talk about how the’ve dealt with that trauma over time, and how it has shaped their identities.
We also talk about Dissociative Amnesia, what happens when one part switches to another part, or is “fronting,” how the system has developed awareness of the different identities within the system, and how each identity plays an integral role for the whole system. Later, I spoke with Isabelle (the host) about how they’ve learned nonviolent communication to talk and heal with each other.
Finally, we gab about therapy, the myths of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), giving our trauma space to breathe, blended identities, and how Inside Out is the best representation of DID.
I am so grateful for the experience of talking with Lydia, Isabelle, and The Copacetic System. I’ve learned, I’ve grown, and I’ve been reminded that we—each and every one of us—are so much alike. We are all feely humans, individuals and systems alike.
Thanks to The Copacetic System for sharing their story!
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