It’s a principle in mathematics– Chaos theory describes a system (not DID) that changes over time and is affected greatly by its initial circumstances. It can be used in many fields, and it mimics, to some extent, natural phenomena. They’re also working on relativistic chaos dealing with, as one might assume, relativity.
I was thinking about Chaos theory today, noting its appropriateness as a descriptor for this year, and realised it could be extended, in a loose sense, to DID. I’m not at all implying that DID is a mathematical function, of course, just that it somewhat fits this pattern.
DID systems are definitely affected quite directly by their genesis. The changes they go through over time are also related to the way they start. SRA systems might fragment further, even in to adulthood, for example. To my knowledge, that doesn’t happen in non-SRA systems. Alters in both types of systems tend to be developed for specific purposes and, in turn, play specific roles.
I’ve thought for quite some time that DID is a perfectly natural occurrence, albeit spurred on by absolute hell. On the other hand, most children have imaginary friends. Children who are traumatised just tend to create more lasting and solid ties with their ‘imaginary’ friends. Perhaps multiplicity is the natural start of the mind, and as we grow up, the facets of our minds solidify in to one whole. Perhaps it isn’t as strange as it seems sometimes. Chaos theory, appropriate for DID in both phrasing and in composition, is just one more link in the web that holds us all together.