How would you describe a dissociative trauma survivor’s brain?
What are some words or phrases that describe what happens in a DID trauma survivor’s brain?
These questions were asked to the DID survivors who participate in the Discussing Dissociation Community Forum (DDCF). The DDCF group came up with a long lists of words, more than could ever fit on this quilt.
One of the goals and purposes of this creative exercise was to show that dissociative survivors are not so different from other people.
A kind and compassionate dissociative survivor, known as Live United, created this entire idea, and created this unique DID Artwork. Live United used their talents and abilities to design and stitch a handmade quilt showing descriptions of the dissociative brain.
It’s pretty awesome, hey?!
This lovely Quilted Artwork was on display An Infinite Mind’s Conference, Sept 2019, at the “One Day Regional Healing Together Conference” in Boston, Massachusetts.
The words used are:
I am because we are
unique psychological responses,
That’s a lot of descriptive words!
If you are dissociative person, do you recognize yourself in those list of descriptions?
If you are a non-dissociative person, do you see how many similarities there are between you and a dissociative person?
It’s true, the dissociative person is uniquely different from the non-multiple person in a variety of ways. However, there are many beautiful qualities in all people, including dissociative people.
What words would YOU add to the list?
How would you describe the dissociative brain?
Unique DID ARTWORK
Does Live United’s creative quilt inspire you?
What ARTWORK do you create to describe dissociation?
What art forms do you use to process how DID feels?
Using creative, artful, expression to show what DID means to you, and to show how you experience dissociation in your life can be a helpful and therapeutic exercise. It can help you feel better about who you are, add to your positive self esteem, and celebrate personal growth. Recognizing your strengths and the resourcefulness of dissociation can add up to something that feels good.
Unique DID COURAGE
It took heaps of courage for Live United to donate “The Dissociative Brain Quilt” to be on full display at a busy conference.
Could you do that? Could you create something about your way of life (one that is labelled a mental health disorder), overcome any fears or stigma or insecurities you might feel, and present a personal Artwork to be shown in public place?
Could you risk feeling criticized? Could you wipe away worries of being judged? Could you overcome the fears of not being “good enough”?
Could you be so vulnerable as to share your system’s art about DID in public to rooms full of strangers?
Presenting artwork in a public venue takes a lot of courage. It takes a lot of personal strength. It takes a lot of personal confidence. Live United — I think you’re awesome! You did a great job!
I hope that seeing this example of a dissociative person doing something creative, something positive, something beautiful, something courageous is inspiring for you as well.
Unique DID Forum Community
Are you interested in interacting with dissociative people who think in ways similar to you and your DID brain?
If our friendly DID Forum Community sounds like a place where you wanna be, YOU are invited to join the DDCF Community today.
It’s a good DID forum, it really is. It’s full of good people.
DDCF is open, available all day and night, and our friendly members are busy chatting with each other, receiving support and interaction from the safety of their own homes.
What would you be willing to contribute as a DDCF Community Forum Member?
How would you grow? What relationships could you build, inside and out?
Click HERE for more information about joining our group TODAY.
I wish you the best in your healing journey, and I look forward to seeing more of your artwork too!
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