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First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

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Sep 4, 2023

CW: Mentions of drinking, drug use, suicidal thoughts, depression, trauma, and occasional swearing

Amber Louise Ainsworth is a dissociative identity disorder (DID) system from the UK. Since realizing they are a DID system at age 38, they’ve been working through their healing: processing and sharing all their collective trauma. They have written several books, including “The revelation,” which details their first year of healing. 

During this interview, you’ll hear from three of the alters in my guest’s DID system: Amber (who is the system host), Mia, and Berlou. They talk about:

  • What life was like before they realized they are a DID system with several alters
  • How they discovered their first alter 
  • How their alters communicate with each other (or in many cases, how amnesia prevents them from communicating), and how they write books and poetry about their experiences 
  • What it feels like when alters fuse with each other and separate from each other, and how that helps them process and heal from past trauma

Follow Amber Louise Ainsworth on Instagram and Twitter, and read their writing at DIDWeWrite.co.uk.

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