What is a little? I’ll boil it down to its most simplistic form: It is an adult who is acting like a child. We can argue all day about whether the alter/insider personalities are real, imagined, made-up or don’t exist at all. It doesn’t matter. The fact remains, they are adults acting like children. Moreover, they want you and I to view them as children and treat them tenderly as we would an actual child.
I am accused by some patients who think that they haveof using their blog posts rather than writing my own to make my point, or to advance my “agenda” if a pejorative term is preferred. I am not multiple. I don’t have child personalities, inside personalities, littles, babies or other aged entities living in my head. Other people claim to have these entities in Their heads so instead of taking it upon myself to speak for them, I allow them to do it for themselves.
I quoted the patient (post below) verbatim. Since the growth of Internet shorthand & twittering, the text is not as odd as it was several years ago and is probably a little easier for computer users to read. Remember, patients usually refer to themselves using the pronoun “we” instead of “I” to indicate their belief that they are more than one person and they want to claim that status. There will be times within the text, however, where the patient/multiple slips and refers to themselves as the singular I.
his little/small child personality is expressing him or herself by writing. It’s an excellent attention grabber. What do you think?
“How du yu mak frends? We haf bin triiin tu help Joy (owr big) wif makin frends bt iss nt wurking. Its so hrd tu trust pepl and Joy awyz seemz tu messup wif wen tu tel nu pepl abowt persnl stuf an how much tu tel an how soon? how do yu no? how do yu no if a pursin is saf r not? how do yu no wen yu kan tel sumwun abowt sum uf da importint sekrit stuf lik dat yu ar a survvior or dat yu haf udr pepl insyd?” Multiple Treasures
Translation by JB
How do you make friends? We have been trying to help Joy (*our big) with making friends but it isn’t working. It’s so hard to trust people and Joy always seems to mess up with when to tell new people about personal stuff and how much to tell and how soon? How do you know? How do you know if a person is safe or not? How do you know when you can tell someone about some stuff that’s important secret stuff like that you are a survivor or that you have other people inside?
*a big usually refers to an adult or older personality