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On my journey to the other side of mental disorder; to Mental wholeness and Mental health, along with many years of going through therapy, trying to understand what I have gone through, I have broken down the different parts that make up one whole single memory. I will refer to each individual aspect of a memory (such as sight, sound, touch, smell and taste) as a "Part". This is not rocket science and does not come out of a textbook, that I have found anyway. However, this is my own interpretations of the ways that our minds operate, both multiples and non-multiples alike. So please bare with me.
I have never heard anyone else describe some of these parts of memory before, but I think that it is important for non-multiples to understand just how separated every persons mind can be.
One whole memory can be broken down into many different parts which are the "all familiar" five senses that we know of; they are sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. However, I have added a few other senses in the memory process that I believe you will find familiar as well. These other parts are: body, emotional and spiritual.
By the way, when speaking of their alters, some survivors do refer to them as Parts.
Below are the parts of a memory that can recall a familiar memory if all are triggered at the same time. I've added a few along with the five senses that we are familiar with.
The Sight "Part" - Recognizes a familiar sight.
The Smell "Part" - Recognizes a familiar aroma.
The Sound "Part" - Recognizes sounds and noises.
The Taste "Part" - can recall a familiar flavor.
The Touch "Part" - Can only recall how something feels to the touch such as soft, hard, cold or hot.
Ok so here is where I have thought a lot about other "Parts" of the brain that are so separated from each of the other "Parts" that might and actually and does cause so much confusion while trying to recall, to put a whole memory together.
The Emotional "Part" - Feels the different emotions, like happy, sad, lonely or afraid.
The Body "Part" - Is one that recalls a physical sensation such as pain, nausea and burning.
The Spiritual "Part" - Experiences the euphoria of an emotion such as joy, excitement, love and to experience anger, fury rather than to simply be unhappy or sad. Our spiritual part is the emotional passion within us.
All of these parts work together to form one whole memory and they can all be triggered by our outside world either alone or all at once. However each part has it's own memories. For instance looking at a picture from you vacation might trigger your sight parts memory only as a familiar vision.
But if none of the other parts have been triggered, then nothing from the picture seems familiar enough to other parts or any of your senses, then it only becomes a familiar picture instead of a whole memory of any certain place.
A good example of these different parts working separately; and then being triggered to form a whole memory could be going to a theme park.
When you first arrive at the park, your emotional part is triggered by your site, sound and smell parts and then your emotional part remembers that it is a fun place to be and you're happy to be there. Then suddenly your body part is triggered when your sight part spots the roller coaster.