This article is from the Dissociation FAQ, by Discord (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
[written by Discord and the Sapphire Gazelles]
TERMS (definitions may vary somewhat)
* alter/persona: one person/aspect of the multiple.
* birth person: the alter that was present originally, before splitting
(not everybody has one)
* host: the body and/or the "main" alter (not everybody has one)
* shell person: an "outside" alter that is run by "remote control"
* MP: Multiple Personality/ies
* multiple/multiple unit: referring to a single multiple system
* multiple system: defined below
* integration/co-consciousness: refers to a degree of cooperation between
alters that includes the ability to coordinate actions between alters,
as well as communication between them and the ability to share
* fusion: merging all the alters into one