So if you mind, could you explain to me the process by which a multiple system comes into existence and maintains itself over time?
Aside from it's probably missing a "don't"... I think it's a fair enough question. I could say something about how trans/queer feels and seems
at least to maintain (or maybe simply, manifest) itself, as I suspect there are certain parallels. But I don't know enough about what people would say if they believe there are actually wholly
separate, sentient entities inside their head.
Sure I talk to myself, engage in roleplay sometimes (nudge, wink
), and feel like various gendered "sides" of my personality are stronger or weaker in various situations... And I really don't think it's a particularly untenable, nor necessarily detrimental, thing for the brain to contain or generate multiple personae. I can imagine some persona(e) [keep forgetting that e, just spelling!] being more dominant than others at different times or in different contexts. I could even imagine changing my name, perhaps repeatedly -- Oh wait, I have a few times when living in foreign countries and being demanded to assume new ones, or when people just couldn't pronounce mine... So far, so what.
I also don't see how it's particularly problematic for people to act through (and thereby, adopt, adapt to, assume
to the point of blurring...) various personae at various times, except that the society at large demands a presentation of a constant unity and "best" (according to that society's going norms) is generally if one's presentation fits most of the social categories present company demands that bodies and social members "like you/ yours" act according to widely enforced prescriptions. (See also general weakness/vagueness of "DID"
as a basis for any precision measurements here, at least from some quick Wiki writer's point of view. But I'm suspicious, too. The history of Trans in the DSM has hardly been glorious or grounded in thorough social and comparative analysis, either.)
All that being said, despite having foraged through a few (very busy!) links from this rather intriguing slice of Tumblr by Meeresbande
(who seems, I think
to believe that they exemplify both multiple system, and a more or less healthy form of DID!) ... I haven't found what I'd call a great deal
just yet about how or when this experience of "multiple system" etc. often starts
for people who claim it as such. (If indeed there is much agreement about it? With trans I would say there is some range, although it often manifests fairly young in some ways.)
Meeresbande refers briefly
to their own received childhood trauma as a possible source. Miaren
(see "What do you mean, 'Awakening'?") seems to identify as/include (?) fae among her kin (and thus phrases things much in terms of relationships to fae or lack thereof), writes that some 'discover' selves more by study and others are more shook into recognizing them, while still others appear to suppress or resist members' appearing.
This community faq
from 2001 (see 2.1) also describes it as a "spiritual practice," but agrees that it may be "overnight" or a much more extended matter. However, a rare few (2.4) are apparently "born and raised" with acceptance or perhaps self-awareness of this situation...
And here's at least one description of how the system could feel
in its working... The metaphor of a house
(see Intermediate section - "Headspace") with limited "window" space on the world for one or a few "front" people to handle observation/exterior social life, and some more isolated "back rooms" where more indisposed personae/inhabitants might be retiring, possibly coalescing, or in some cases fomenting mischief or various forms of self/community sabotage.
Of course, that is an experiential narrative, and not any neurological analysis of what some electricity in the brain might be doing to put the whole movie on screen. I'm not sure any wiring is necessarily more or less "normal," never mind useful, when it comes to that so long as the world isn't being blown up and millions more
aren't being bombed or cornered into structural servitude or poverty. Who knows, maybe some even have better wiring but they seem to be tragically few or somehow regularly marginalized, if so!
There are quite a few more links from that FAQ page... Not sure, but some might just help with the question about "How?" Though with the sort of thing that conventional society rejects out of hand, some may still be useful for immediate, more materially constructive thought...
And then there's also some (I'd guess quite off the cuff) "worse," those corners where it starts toying with past lives and aliens? When it comes to those, I rather suspect you'll probably find more interesting/useful/ at least inspiring (if not always convincing??) stuff in the way of "Well, why the heck not exactly
" and a bit of "Who really knows."