Integration: Confusion and Fear of Death

Integration The DID clients in my study expressed their individually defined understanding of desired Integration. While some clearly stated they aimed for becoming one person, others were afraid of that concept and feared some of their parts would have to die. The latter was a source of enormous grief and fear.

It was evident that the concept of Integration had a vast impact on clients right throughout the healing process. Many could not imagine how it would be to not be a multiple. Being a singleton, an expression used by multiples for non-multiples, has been perceived as static, inflexible, and strange. Instead clients had difficulties envisaging full integration or even defining exactly how they understood this concept.

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