Members of the Reading Room Committee looked through a myriad of sites
and identified specific articles and information thought particularly helpful and interesting for topics suggested by the community. If you find an article you think should be included here, please send the URL and a short description to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please report broken links to email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE that all links listed in the Reading Room may contain information triggering to an individual. While cautionary comments have been added to the descriptions in some cases, these are not guaranteed to be comprehensive. You are responsible for your safety while reading any of the information.
General Information about DID/MPD
Working with Insiders
Information for Significant Others
Dealing with Emotions
Grief and Loss
Shame and Guilt
Coming Out Multiple|
Dealing with the Outside World
Daily Living Issues
Survivor Based Organizations
Working with Insiders|
An Introduction to Effective Parts Work - This article discusses the basics of developing internal communication. It suggests detailed, concrete actions to use, including ideas for those who cannot 'see' their others. This article is written by an MSW therapist having an inner family 'parts' perspective though not necessarily multiple view of a person. Caution: Adult subjects and past traumatic incidents are referenced, as are blending and SP related ideas. Some of the language and concepts here may seem dismissive to the individuality and equality of each within a multiple system. However, this does not affect the applicability of the basic information of the article.
Communication - A discussion of different methods of communication among inside system members. There are sections on journaling, using a tape recorder, expression through artwork, and holding inside community meetings.
MPD & Journaling - Journaling can help to establish and maintain communication and cooperation among the parts of the system. This article is a general introduction to journaling as a method of communication between members of a system. It gives tips for methods and procedures to begin to facilitate internal dialogue.
Having Inside Rules for the Good of All - This article describes the inside community meeting as an inner communication tool for multiples. It contains a list of ideas for system rules that may be helpful for all members of the group to abide by.
Helping Your System Find or Make Safe Places For All - This article outlines a step by step process for creating safe places inside. Caution: This is on a webpage which displays Christian text and symbols bordering the Safe Place text.
How To Conduct Successful Meetings - Part Three: Running the Meeting - The concepts discussed in this article about the dynamics and processes of outside meetings are equally applicable to inside meetings. Ideas discussed include how to prepare for and set up the meeting, different personality characteristics of participants and how to deal with them, how to keep the meeting on track or refocus it when it gets diverted, and how to arrive at decisions and consensus.
MPD & Imagery - This article describes how imagery can be used as a tool for improved coping and functioning and memory processing.
Containment/Boundaries - Caution: This article comes from a site dealing with childhood abuse issues and has general references to abuse. This article covers topics including physical distance, emotional, cognitive, time and space boundaries relative to both outside people and memories, and has numerous ideas for creating memory containers, and safe places inside and in the external environment. It contains extensive practical suggestions for safety and imagery. Warning: Some of the graphics used while not explicit may be disturbing.
Tips For Managing Triggers When YOU Choose to Process - There are times when a survivor may consciously choose to work through a trigger, in order to process it and further their healing. This article contains a list of concrete things a survivor may do in order to prepare ahead of time for certain feelings that may come up while working through a trigger.
Dealing With Flashbacks Or Flooding - This short excerpt written by a therapist suggests making an emergency list to remind you how to take care of yourself in a crisis. It gives suggestions for activities to include on your list.
Coping with Flashbacks: Goals and Techniques for Handling the Memories - This article suggests 3 possible goals in relation to dealing with flashbacks. These goals are acceptance of a flashback's full force; control or escape. A range of techniques are outlined which can be used in varying degrees and combinations depending on which goal you wish to achieve.
Disassociative (sic) Identity Disorder and Staying Grounded - A survivor suggests ways that have helped her cope with intrusive memories and other crises. It contains some references to abuse memories that might trigger and also uses occasional Christian terms.
RA / SRA Issues (use caution) |
Programming: Understanding, Recognizing, and Nullifying It - This article defines programming, how to recognize it, ideas to change or halt the effects of programming, steps to take in the midst of an active recurrence of messages, and how to work with those inside who believe the messages. WARNING: Trigger potential exists for those who have this type of background. There is nothing graphic, but resistance to the messages may be encountered. SRA terms are used.
Simplifying Complex Programming - Written by a survivor/T, this article, as the author says, gives some rather simple and easy to use methods of working with obscure programming. It may be TRIGGERING as it does reference experiences from the author's past.
Sp*n Programming: A Newly Uncovered Technique of Systematic Mind Control - This article details what sp*n programming is and how it is used throughout a personality system. Also provides examples of how it can be produced in a person. NOTE: This has SRA references and may be HIGHLY TRIGGERING. Please use extreme caution when going to it.
Choosing the Right Therapist for You - Discusses a positive approach for finding a therapist and also lists what a good therapist should and shouldn't do.
Choosing a Therapist - This article provides some general tips for choosing a therapist as well as explaining the different types of therapies available.
How to Choose a Therapist - What To Look For - This article lists 22 characteristics to look for in a therapist.
Ritual Abuse - the Search for a Good Therapist - This article starts off with a potentially triggering true account of a therapist's own declaration of involvement in RA activities told in graphic detail. It goes on to discuss difficulties in finding a good therapist and gives general ideas on how to locate one. It then moves into possible questions to ask during phone and initial contacts. It ends with a caution of what to expect from therapy as well as what not to.
Guidelines For Non-Sexual Dual Relationships and Boundaries in Psychotherapy - This interesting article argues for a distinction to be made between boundary violations and boundary crossings in therapy. It suggests that while boundary violations are always harmful to the client, boundary crossings may be used as an integral part of a treatment plan and be of benefit to the client. Written for the therapist but easily accessible to the client it offers key- point guidelines and useful in-text links to further articles which support the author's position including a set of links to the ethics codes of major professional associations.
Boundary Issues - This brief article offers a review list for the therapist to examine their own feelings and behaviours towards their client to check whether they (the therapist) are at risk of violating professional boundaries. Although the article is written for the therapist, from the client's perspective the review list could help identify whether a particular reaction or behavior by a therapist is a breach of professional boundaries. Read with caution if adult issues are triggering for you.
Sexual Abuse Survivors and Sex - This is a very good article about how survivors of sexual abuse can become more comfortable with sex. It discusses in-depth the many sexual issues faced by survivors, including associating sex with abuse, vulnerability, sexual orientation, internal and external safety, trust, fear of intimacy, feeling disconnected from your body, and triggers during sex. It contains many ideas for overcoming all of these issues and reclaiming our sexuality as a positive part of who we are. WARNING: graphic adult content
Reclaiming Sex: Tips for Multiples, Survivors and Significant Others - this includes tips on preventing/handling flashbacks, protecting littles, assertive communication, etc. and has an email link for questions or comments about the page.
PTSD and Parenting - Many survivors of child abuse did not have their emotional needs met by their parents. Thus when it comes time for them to raise a child, they are often unaware or unsure of how to fulfill their own children's emotional needs. This article explains some of the emotional needs of children and gives tips for how to respond to an infant in healthy, nurturing ways.
7 Standards for Effective Parenting - To help parents grow emotionally and physically healthy children, KidsPeace offers these "7 Standards for Effective Parenting."
Information for Significant Others|
The Significant Other's Guide to Dissociative Identity Disorder - Compiled by Jeff Vineburg. It is written from the heart in a very easy to understand style.
Supporting a Loved One Who Is MPD/DID - This article gives opinions from a survivor's point of view of what is and is not helpful in providing support.
HELP! My Friend Has Multiple Personalities - How Can I Help? - DEEDS - This is part of a booklet written by the SO of a multiple. It includes sections on "What do I do?," "What to be careful of," and "Bumpy Spots" along with other topics. For survivors, this article MAY TRIGGER as it discusses spiritual, SRA and integration issues and questions from an SO's perspective.
Dealing with Emotions|
What to Do With Your Feelings - This article begins by helping the reader to identify their feelings, and then continues with acknowledgement, origination, expression, and direction. The article ends with assisting the reader with information about what to do when they feel overloaded. This article talks about big feelings and encourages staying with them from beginning to end and may be triggering if descriptions of feelings are triggering to you.
Sitting With Feelings - As this article states, "Many abuse survivors find it hard to tolerate having feelings, even positive ones like joy. After a lifetime of automatically dissociating from emotion for self-protection, it can be really scary to allow yourself to feel again." It gives a concrete action plan for learning how to connect with and gain mastery over big feelings.
An Easy Guide to Human Feelings - Though not specifically referencing dissociation or concentrating on trauma survivors, this article explores human feelings categorized into six types - sadness, anger, scare, happiness, excitement and tenderness. It looks at why the ability to express feelings might be inhibited; outlines ways to maintain a fluidity of feelings as healthy children do and suggests that "life is best lived when each of the feelings has its normal run through bodies in the course of a day."
Golden Questions (for feelings) - This article provides a list of suggested questions to ask to "access the depths of human experiencing." The questions relate to feelings. They are written as suggestions to therapists but might be a useful self-help tool for use by multiples looking for ways to explore and understand the feelings held by others in their system.
Character Feelings - This list of feelings organizes emotions into main categories and then lists them by intensity, from mild to high.
List of Emotions - This article lists 8 basic emotions and their emotional opposites, identifies emotions which are a combination of basic emotions, and then categorizes feelings in various ways.
Feelings: Identifying How You Feel - Written by a psychotherapist, this brief article provides a useful chart to help you identify feelings by noticing the physical sensations in your body.
Feelings Vocabulary Chart - This contains cartoon facial expressions to illustrate and name emotions. Note: some of these pictures and feelings may be triggering, especially with a background of SRA.
How I Work With Anger - Written by a therapist, this article gives a very in-depth discussion of the differences between anger and rage and negativity. It lists examples and how to recognize each, and the impact each has on relationships.
Train Your Temper - A list of positive things to do if you feel angry. From a child's perspective, this is good for inside and outside kids as well as adults.
Grief and Loss|
Grieving a Lost Childhood - This is Chapter 3 of an online book by Kimberlee Roth about growing up with a parent with borderline personality disorder. However, the grieving process she discusses is applicable to many abusive childhood situations. Caution: Experiences and parental dynamics discussed may be MT.
Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse - Grief - This article provides an in-depth look at grief, especially as it relates to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It breaks down the grief process into five stages and explains what one may experience during each phase, while acknowledging that the process is different for every individual. It gives specific ideas of ways to deal with each step.
Anniversary Reactions: A Survivor's Guide on How to Cope - This is an article about how to deal with the grief that may occur on the anniversary of a tragic event. It MAY TRIGGER as it contains two graphic accounts of violent personal trauma. However it does go on to list coping skills that may help with dealing with the anniversary dates. It also contains a section on how family and friends can help. **Note** this is NOT an article on SRA anniversary dates.
Shame and Guilt|
Reduce Excessive Shame to Normal - Perspective, Symptoms and Recovery Options - This article gives a comprehensive overview of causes and effects of shame and guilt, as well as suggestions for ways to overcome them. This article is written by an MSW therapist having an inner family 'parts' though not necessarily multiple perspective of a person. Caution: Adult subjects and past traumatic incidents are referenced, as are blending and SP related ideas. Some of the language and concepts here may seem dismissive to the individuality and equality of each within a multiple system. However, this does not affect the applicability of the basic information of the article.
Still Think the Abuse Was Your Fault? Take One of These - Practical actions to do to help understand that you are not responsible for childhood sexual abuse. Note: there is one short section that references SP matters.
Healing From Shame Associated With Traumatic Events - This article explains what shame is, how it affects us, and how it can result from the experience of any kind of trauma. It discusses how to release and work through shame, through a process of learning to trust, talking to someone we trust about the things we are ashamed of, experimenting with forgiving ourselves, and keeping in mind that there is hope for recovery. *CAUTION* - this article contains a graphic story of adult sexual assault.
Dealing With Urges - This article assists the reader with understanding addictive behaviors as well as offers suggestions on how to overcome addictive behaviors. The trigger rating is minimal considering it doesn't describe specific behaviors in detail.
Self Destructive Behaviors In Women - This article is heavy in its description of types of physical and nonphysical self-destructive behaviors that women may possibly engage in. It also details avenues of recovery and growth which women may become involved in. Readers should definitely approach this article with caution due to the nature of its descriptive content.
Alternatives to Self-Injury - This page from the Mosaic Minds' Staying Safe section lists various activities to use as a substitute for self-injury. These ideas were compiled from community member feedback about ideas which work for them.
Coming Out Multiple|
Guidelines for Disclosure - Six general guidelines from a multi's perspective. Honest, light, and very helpful.
5 Months Out of the Closet - A personal story of disclosure at the workplace and some of the outcomes of that decision - both good and bad.
MPD and Headaches - Frequent, severe headaches are a common complaint amongst multiples. This is a very good article explaining the reasons why multis may be especially prone to headaches, and giving ideas for coping with, preventing, and healing them.
Dental Tips For Survivors - Many survivors of sexual abuse find going to the dentist especially frightening and triggering. This article briefly explains why that may be, and gives a list of things a survivor can do to help them cope with going to the dentist. It also gives a list of things a dentist can do to help the survivor feel more at ease. If dentistry or sexual abuse is an issue for you, be careful in reading this article.
Dental Fear in Abuse Survivors - This article discusses the unique fears that survivors of abuse may face in regard to going to the dentist. It talks about some of the reasons for these fears, including damage done by eating disorders, shame at having put off the dentist for so long, and feelings of revictimization. It explains how a dentist can help a patient with those fears if s/he is made aware of them, discusses how a survivor can work through her fears, and ends with a list of five ways to cope with dental care. This article MAY TRIGGER as it contains some graphic talk of abuse.
Dealing With Disabilities - This pamphlet discusses the definition and impact of disabilities. It lists many resources where assistance with housing, financial, medical and legal problems may be found. It also gives helpful hints on interacting with a disabled person.
USA Social Security Administration Disability Benefits Publication No. 05-10029 - Produced in February 2002, this official publication covers: Part 1-Introduction To Disability And Social Security: What Do We Mean By "Disability"?, Who Can Get Disability Benefits?, How Much Work Do I Need?; Part 2-Signing Up For Disability: How Do I Apply?, How Can I Speed Up My Claim?, Who Decides If I Am Disabled?, How Do We Determine Disability?, Rules For Blind Persons, If My Claim Is Denied; Part 3-When A Claim Is Approved: When Do My Benefits Start?, How Much Will I Get From Social Security?, How Do Other Payments Affect My Benefits?, Are Benefits Taxed?, Can I Get Medicare If I'm Disabled?, Is My Case Reviewed?, What Can Cause Benefits To Stop?, and Part 4-Going Back To Work: Can I Receive Benefits While I Work?, For More Information, Other Booklets Available.
Everyday Playtime for Adults - An essay reflecting on how adults should learn to play.
Self Nurture - Caution: This article comes from a site dealing with childhood abuse issues and has general references to abuse. This article covers topics including suggestions for recording soothing words, types of soothing actions, activities for staying busy and creating healthy distractions, art and playful activity, taking care of your body, and physical release. Warning: Some of the graphics used while not explicit may be disturbing.
Tips For Self-Care - Caring for ourselves is something all of us need to learn to do - multis and singletons alike. This is a list of suggestions for ways to comfort and nurture ourselves as adults.
Setting Personal Boundaries- Protecting Self - This article begins by describing what personal boundaries are. It then continues about why it is important to have them. The article then continues with a thorough and descriptive overview of ways to set and then to protect our personal boundaries. The article also addresses how these changes in setting our boundaries will affect our current relationships with our friends, our partners, and ourselves. Warnings: The article talks about feelings and asserting oneself, this could be potentially triggering to some individuals. However, there are not any graphic accounts of abuse or abusive situational recollections describing lack of assertiveness.
Begin to Set Personal Boundaries - This article begins by discussing the role of self-awareness in setting boundaries, then then discusses how to set and maintain those boundaries with others. She ends with a section on overcoming guilt when setting boundaries.
Twelve Valuable Steps to Raise Your Self Esteem - This article describes 12 activities to practice to help build high self-esteem.
International Personality Item Pool - This is a comprehensive personality test. You have a choice of taking the long or short version to help you discover your personality traits as well as strengths and weaknesses. The long version takes about an hour and the short version can usually be done in less than 30 minutes. As the author cautions: "The primary purpose of this on line inventory is to educate the public about the five factor model of personality... The inventory does not reveal hidden, secret information about you nor does it assess serious psychological disorders... If knowledgeable acquaintances disagree with the test results, then the results are wrong."
Dealing With the Outside World|
How to Make Friends and Get a Social Life - This article gives practical suggestions on where to find potential friends and how to develop friendships. Caution: The webpage includes generic dating site ads.
Developing a Friendship with Yourself - [Please note: this is the second article of a newsletter. To reach this article, it is necessary to scroll down past a potentially triggering article on why memories are repressed and recovered] This article on friendship touches briefly on losses caused by trauma and why one must first develop a friendship with one's self. It goes on to list 10 attitudes and concludes: "These ten building blocks if applied can begin to build an authentic friendship or significantly improve an existing friendship with yourself or others."
True Friendship and How to Be a Good Friend - This article describes some steps a person can take to make friends with a specific individual, and a few things one can do to continue to be a friend.
True Friends - One individual's comments on what it means to be a friend, with a focus on the fact that two people don't have to be exactly alike in order to be friends.
Assertiveness Training - This is a free online course consisting of five segments about how to develop self-assertiveness, including learning the importance of nonverbal signals in speaking up for yourself, learning the difference between assertiveness and aggressiveness and learning to negotiate from a position of mutual respect.
Becoming a Risk-Taker - This article is a great interactive tool for the reader to learn and understand the following: what risk-taking is, what some road blocks to risk-taking are, what not being a risk-taker results in, and what the steps to becoming an effective risk-taker are. This article may be potentially triggering because of the nature of the self-involvement and process of the questioning. CAUTION: The picture at the top of the page may be mildly MT as it shows a man running.
The SEVEN CHALLENGES - A Workbook & Reader About Communicating More Cooperatively - This article lists seven techniques to improve communication and guide your conversations in directions that are more satisfying for both you and your conversation partners. It offers the opportunity to download for free as a PDF file or MS Word document the workbook with fuller explanations and exercises to assist in learning and implementing the challenges.
Ineffective Communication - This article describes common causes of poor communication and how these can be overcome. It also includes a few tips for improving communication at the end. While the article is discussing interpersonal communication, the same principles can be applied to inner family communication. This article is written specifically to counselors for their use in assisting clients in improving communication. When the page first comes up, it will appear to be only an index. Scroll down to get to the text of the article.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - This is the official site of The Bureau of Labor Statistics, an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor. This is not an article, but it is extremely useful to anyone interested in finding out what is involved in a particular career. It breaks down and describes virtually every job available into categories such as the nature of the work, usual working conditions, employment opportunities, qualifications needed, job outlook, average earnings, and related occupations. From this site you get a really good idea of what is involved in a job so you know if it fits for you.
Daily Living Issues|
Personal Hygiene - This article discusses basic grooming routines for hair, skin, teeth, hands, nails, feet and menstrual hygiene.
Seeing How Your Past Holds the Key to Your Financial Future - This article relates three people's personal histories and how they affected current attitudes. It then goes on to discuss messages about money we may have received and why. It ends with a suggested exercize to think about your own past experiences. CAUTION: The general subject matter and discussions may be MT although there are no graphic descriptions.
Developing a Spending Plan - This article explains how a spending plan can benefit a household. In addition, this article walks the reader through creating their own spending plan in a series of 5 steps. It provides a link to a printable worksheet and also provides detailed and user friendly examples.
Bill Paying Methods - This article discusses the pros and cons of different bill-paying methods - paying by mail, telephone, or online. It also lists a few things you need to be aware of if choosing to pay bills online or by telephone.
Your Checking Account - This article, after a brief editorial about the problems ATM cards can cause, gives a list of tips for keeping track of your checking account and avoiding overdraft fees.
How to Reorganize Your Time - This article offers many helpful suggestions on time management. It is from the perspective of a home-based business, but the tips included are good for all situations - just skip the first two paragraphs.
Minding Your Manners. But We Don't Want You to Forget Your Manners - Here's a reminder of the top 10 etiquette mistakes in dining.
Coaching Conversation Skills - Although this article is written from the point of view of how a parent can teach a child how to carry on a conversation with someone, general conversational techniques common to any age are discussed. This is concise guide of ways to keep a conversation going.
Grocery Shopping Tips - Tips on coupons and flyers, when to shop, where to shop, being in the store, and before and after preparations.
10 Grocery Shopping Tips - Covers from the planning process to the checkout counter.
Veggies to Munchies: Scanning Grocery Store Aisles - Helpful advice on how to get the most nutritional bang for your grocery buck. It explains the best way to get through the grocery store, what things to look for, and pitfalls to avoid. The original article has been copied into a forum where people have posted their own comments after the article.
Organizing Your Laundry - This article gives some wonderful suggestions on how to tackle that growing burden of laundry that never seems to get smaller. It involves the reader with a question and answer type format and sample schedules.
Laundry Tips - This article does not contain general information for doing laundry. It is however, composed of tips for removing stains, ironing, and how to wash uncommon and odd shaped items. The article does contain a portion on how to remove blood stains and may be triggering. However, if you skip past the first paragraph, it is not mentioned again.
Home Maintenance Checklist - An extensive list of cleaning and home maintenance details that may get overlooked on a day to day basis.
How to Declutter - This is part of the excellent FlyLady site on household cleaning. This page gives a step by step lesson on how to go about "decluttering" a particular area of your house - and maybe even enjoy it.
Flylady's Detailed Cleaning Lists: Zone 1-5 - Step-by-step lists of things to do in cleaning each "zone" of your house. There are specific lists for the Entrance, Front Porch, Dining Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Guest Room, Children's Bathroom, Children's Bedrooms, Office, Laundry Room, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Closet, and Living Room. This application requires Adobe Acrobat.
Cleaning Techniques - Some techniques one individual and her "Messie" friends use to clean their houses without getting overwhelmed. It contains a list of cleaning tools that she recommends, as well as a list of cleaning tips for "reluctant Homecarers".
Two-Year Follow-Up of Inpatients With Dissociative Identity Disorder - The findings of this study supports clinical reports that people who have DID respond well to appropriate treatment.
Latest Research Findings Shed Light on Multiple Personality Disorder - This brief press release of November 2001 describes Australian research which compared the brain wave patterns of multiples with those of actors who role-played being multiple. The research results suggest that EEGs could provide physiological evidence for the authenticity of DID and could even be used for diagnosis.
Childhood Trauma and Dissociation in Adulthood - This is a brief report about some research that confirms the correlation between abuse in childhood and adult dissociative experiences.
Multiple Personality Disorder History and Research - This follows the history of diagnostic criteria for DID from DSM-II through DSM-IV, along with Ross' findings on etiology and differential diagnosis from schizophrenia, and a synopsis of treatment modalities. There is also a bibliography.
44 Personalities, But the Artist Shines - A NY Times article about the struggles and accomplishments of Judy Castelli, a DID artist and activist.
'Flashback' - This is an article called "Flashback" written by a woman with DID. It is potentially VERY TRIGGERING, but very effectively tells what her experience is like and the horrendous damage that abuse does to a child. Adobe Acrobat is needed to read this article.
Please also check out the Neighbors section of MM. Personal survivor homepages containing individual stories and many additional articles and sites can be found there.
David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages Trauma Resources - This page concentrates on trauma related resources on the internet that can be read, joined or searched.
Articles on DID - This page is a list of links to articles on a wide variety of subjects related to DID.
General Information about DID / MPD
Diagnostic Criteria - Dissociative Disorders
Dissociative Identity Disorder
What is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID/MPD)?
The Spectrum of Dissociative Disorders
Dissociative Signs and Symptoms
The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES)
Glossary of Terms
International Society for the Study of Dissociation
The Ross Institute
Pat McClendon's Clinical Social Work
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
|Survivor Based Organizations
Survivorship - One of the oldest organizations for survivors of SRA, it offers news and notice of national events for survivors as well as publishing a journal and providing moderated message boards.
Secret Shame: Self-Injury Information and Support
The Wounded Healer Journal Message Forums
Mental Health Net Support Forums
McHugh - Putnam Debate
Understanding Integration - An integrated multiple who is a therapist advocates integration as the desired outcome for therapy. She discusses reasons, advantages and her own process as she went through her own therapy.
The Validity of Memories and the False Memory Syndrome
False Memory Syndrome Facts
Editorial: The Prevalence of Multiples OnLine
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