SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012

Ann’s Multiple System of Inside people

Ann’s Multiple System

Annemarie – Annemarie – (birth to age 16) core part keeper of our soul, often depressed and fantasizes death and suicide, anxious and tense, most responsible for over-weight, had a good relationship to paternal grandmother, becomes overwhelmed, sensitive to noise, secretive, easily disappointed, centered on self and her privacy, likes to sit or lay very still, has abuse nightmares, slow, has trouble leaving house

Jessie – (eighteen years to ageless) first truly independent part, left for school and travel to Norway, sense of power and purpose, idealist, adventurer, sprite and relies on Marie, role definer, self-reliant, sense of a broader humanity, guides our future and ambitions including the writing, loves to make things by hand, watches over Sarah and Henry

Ayn – (seventeen years to 52 years) created to present best “integrated” part, registered for college, writing/some editing, team leader, best mixed of all the parts together, counselor, early interest in psychology and human development, will discuss internal parts with Corey, smooth over system presentation to a public world, finds it easy and fulfilling to take care of people

Kate – (sixteen years to 52 years) created to capstone formal intellectual needs of high school and college, leadership roles, writing/heavy editing, boss role, commanding, decision-maker, holds higher expectations, likes to take vacations, pragmatic, chief financial officer, goal setter, and watches over Anniemi, non-sexual

Ann – (fourteen years to 52 years) created to negotiate high school socially and emotionally, somewhat needy, holds lower expectations, Mom, wife, patience, but more unsure of herself, unconditional love and understanding (especially when frustrated), wants a home and to be married, nurturer, feels guilty for not being good enough or deserving, handled parents and marital separation and divorce

Kelsie – (twelve years to 38 years) created to help things that were going wrong, nervous, work gas station handle light bookkeeping, cash register, payroll and customers, endurance and giftedness, handled mental illnesses obsessive, anxious, compulsive, night owl, hardest worker, natural intellectual ability, service orientated, in charge of CARF accreditation

Jamie – (eleven years 45 years) created as a response to early sexual cues with same age kids, some of the writing/organizing, stats, least amount of trust for outside world, charts etc. helps with younger parts when they are dealing with outside world, dry humor, will help Kate with money tasks, easily annoyed, she is bi-sexual, toughest of us, was athletic before weight gain and smoking

Corey – (ten years to 42 years) responded to depressive withdrawn years after the “real” Sarah died, will do basic journalistic writing, serious, first babysitter, can get overwhelmed and confused, most introverted, relies on Marie, likes to summarize, thinks often about hiring help, asks questions, and loves cuddling on rainy days with friend or book

Sarah – (eight years 32 years) held first spontaneous school/scout friendship but friend Sarah died, holds our faith, happiness and humor, creative, watches younger parts while older parts are working, keeps health and safety balanced, playful, is sunny and loves the outdoors, loves the recorder and singing, most imaginative, likes to take pictures

Lissa – (seven years to 25 years) receiver of “punishments,” does not talk, very isolated, and shows signs of neglect, responsible for interest in learning, and does a lot of research, books, and library, biggest reader, very curious and loves to learn, tied with Ann for wanting house, plays and enjoys music, enjoys especially the piano, will feed Corey lists, likes going out to eat with the Casies, loves to drive, will use self-destruction to get system to hospital rather than take a chance on suicidal behavior

Henry – (six years to 32 years) our early “runner” to avoid abuse and later cross country skier, non-sexual, only male in system, idea man and seeks solutions, assists Sarah with the younger parts needs and protection, likes to fix things, competent, steps in to help with housework, does computer uploading, downloading and a variety of the more complex computer processes, is athletic like Jamie, seems to maintain age of oldest “external” son

Anniemi – (five years to 30 years) formal “front” part shown to early school in response to problems with the Casies handling kindergarten, church and home, nervous about the need to be good, not bad, ombudsman, deals with fairness and compromise, negotiations and  complaints, sometimes stutters, tries to study and help, but sometimes it seems with blinders on. Often starts and stops projects out of confusion, is forgetful, easily assumes position of rejection, feels devoted to Sr. Tess and is close to Dear Heart (Annemarie), sometimes suicidal, memory of childhood stories

KC – (four years to 10 years) twin to Casey, rejected sexual abuse as wrong/bad, watches over body systems (hunger, tired, pain, washroom and medications) with Casey, but is more negative and realistic, gets frustrated and angry easy, favorite word is no, collusive, loves ice cream, helpful, feels shame, over responsible for her age, first guardian over early relationships, stopped hugs and kisses from family members, system’s buoy or thermometer

Casey – (four years to 10 years) twin to KC, accepted sexual abuse as self being wanted, watches over body systems (hunger, tired, pain, washroom and medications) with KC, but is more positive and imaginative, usually a porter/portal to meet the youngest parts, naive, talkative, cries easily, loves cookies and will steal food, gets tired faster than others, helpful, feels glee, error on the side of cautiousness, played with neighborhood kids

Anna – (two and a half years to six years) senses danger, holds severe pain, physically abused, Hides face, rocking, and non-communicative, will hide, curls up like Mimi, but usually is guided by Marie, has a sense of mystery, inquisitive, held early relationship with paternal grandmother (non-abusive)

Marie – (two to ageless) –internal self-helper, sense of knowledge, consciousness, understands switches, internal answers and history, never is out by self, but is evident in our rocking, and knows internal needs of system

Gracie – (one and a half years to five years) severe manipulation of genitals makes our body rigid, easily paralyzed and catatonic, hyperventilates, fear, will close down our system (cause minds to disconnect), makes guttural sounds from her throat, weary and fearful, played with neighbor Carol Ann

Crystal – (eight months to four years) inability to breathe, startles, thrashes, autistic, choked by ejaculations, smothered due to screaming, seizure-like, is hyper-alert

Mimi – (three months to three years), inability to hold consciousness, sleepy, calmed by massages, given alcohol to body parts to suckle on and keep quiet

Embry – (0-0 months), the only part of us that died at birth.  Was Mimi’s twin.  Responsible for the Ann’s system of devotion and dedication.  We do things in her name.  She was symbolically buried in 1992(3) near the old tank at Bunker Prairie Park, in MN where we cross-country skied in high school.

2 thoughts on “Ann’s Insiders

  1. Let’s consider matching these roles with some of our parts. It was a list curated by Maggie 11-1-23 at 11:01AM

    Certainly, Annemarie. If this exercise is beneficial for your study and understanding, I’m more than happy to assist. I must emphasize, however, that this is a speculative exercise and should be taken as such.

    Given the 20 parts you mentioned and based on the text you provided from September 2004, I’ll try to assign roles as follows:

    Elderly Woman (EW) – The voice focusing on wisdom and experience. Possibly commenting on long-term relationships, e.g., marriage.

    Middle-Aged Woman (MW) – Concerned about V’s birthday planning and finances.

    Young Adult Woman (YAW) – Enthusiastic about the new Formula One event and the excitement around it.

    Teenage Girl (TG) – Likely interested in the cultural aspects, perhaps the dance and arts displayed at the Formula One opening ceremony.

    Elementary Girl (EG) – Might be the part responsible for enjoying the simpler moments, like “just messing with the day.”

    Toddler (T) – This part would focus on immediate sensory experiences but isn’t explicitly represented in this text.

    Baby (B) – Concerned with basic needs; not evident in this story.

    Educator (Ed) – The part that values the writing and capturing of life’s experiences.

    Analyst (An) – Could be the part analyzing the race, strategies, and the statistical aspects like attendance.

    Strategist (St) – Involved in planning logistics for attending the event and considering the seating capacities.

    Healer (He) – This part may not be explicitly represented but might focus on emotional balance and mental health.

    Observer (Ob) – Detachedly noting the events and happenings without much emotional investment.

    Critic (Cr) – Might be the part expressing reservations about general affordability for the population.

    Nurturer (Nu) – Concerned with making the birthday special, thus taking care of emotional needs.

    Entertainer (En) – Excited about the fun aspects of the day, the dancing, and the spectacle.

    Adventurer (Ad) – Drawn to the new experiences the Formula One event brings.

    Protector (Pr) – Possibly concerned with the safety aspects of attending a crowded event, but not explicitly mentioned.

    Homemaker (Ho) – This part could be concerned with the domestic aspects of preparing for V’s birthday at home.

    Rebel (Re) – Might have conflicted feelings about mainstream events like Formula One; not clearly represented.

    Dreamer (Dr) – Envisioning the broader implications of the event for the city and its future; aligned with Mr. Mao’s perspective.

    Remember, this is a broad and interpretive task, and only you can genuinely identify and validate these parts. Consider discussing these assignments with your parts to see if they agree or have different perspectives.


    Steele, K., van der Hart, O., & Nijenhuis, E. R. S. (2005). Phase-oriented treatment of structural dissociation in complex traumatization: Overcoming trauma-related phobias. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 6(3), 11-53.


    Thank you I appreciate you for what you can do. Could you list 30 more parts. That would help us assign to our 20. Some of our parts obviously carry extra responsibilities.


    Certainly, Annemarie. Additional parts could provide a more nuanced view and may more adequately represent your complex internal world. Here are 30 more potential parts:

    Historian (Hi) – Captures and cherishes moments for their historical value.

    Philosopher (Ph) – Ponders the deeper meanings and existential aspects of experiences.

    Skeptic (Sk) – Questions the underlying assumptions of any given situation.

    Optimist (Op) – Focuses on the positive outcomes and possibilities.

    Pessimist (Pe) – Preoccupied with potential downsides and risks.

    Sentimentalist (Se) – Values emotional memories, often nostalgic.

    Rationalist (Ra) – Operates based on logic and reason rather than emotion.

    Realist (Rl) – Balances between optimism and pessimism, grounded in pragmatism.

    Empath (Em) – Highly sensitive to the emotions and needs of others.

    Warrior (Wa) – Ready to tackle challenges head-on, fearless.

    Judge (Ju) – Evaluates the ethics and fairness of actions and decisions.

    Peacemaker (Pm) – Strives for harmony and avoids conflict.

    Diplomat (Dp) – Negotiates between conflicting parts or external parties.

    Competitor (Cp) – Enjoys challenges and competitions, like sporting events.

    Hedonist (Hd) – Seeks pleasure and avoids pain, may enjoy indulgent activities.

    Survivor (Sv) – Focused on getting through tough times, resilient.

    Planner (Pl) – Looks ahead, making future plans and strategies.

    Mediator (Me) – Resolves conflicts either within the system or with the external world.

    Seeker (Sk) – Always looking for new experiences or knowledge.

    Loyalist (Ly) – Values loyalty, whether in relationships or beliefs.

    Conformist (Cf) – Prefers sticking to societal norms and expectations.

    Non-Conformist (Nc) – Enjoys going against societal norms and expectations.

    Perfectionist (Pf) – Aims for flawless performance or experiences.

    Innovator (In) – Focuses on new ways of thinking and problem-solving.

    Artist (Ar) – Values aesthetic experiences like art, music, or literature.

    Joker (Jo) – Finds humor in situations, often lightening the mood.

    Admirer (Am) – Finds inspiration in others, aspiring to be like them.

    Cynic (Cy) – Distrustful of motives, whether internal or external.

    Student (Stu) – Eager to learn from experiences, whether good or bad.

    Teacher (Te) – Enjoys imparting wisdom and knowledge to other parts or people.

    These roles can help deepen your understanding of the multiple aspects of your internal world, allowing for more specific and meaningful dialogue among your parts.


    Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E. R. S., & Steele, K. (2006). The haunted self: Structural dissociation and the treatment of chronic traumatization. Norton & Company.


    This is such an excellent, excellent list … would it be in your ability to name 50 more? I like the idea of an eaven 100. That averages each of our 20 parts with 5 roles.


    Certainly, Annemarie. An expanded list can provide a comprehensive framework to explore the complex roles and responsibilities within your internal world. Here are 50 more potential parts:

    Dreamer (Dr) – Imagines various possibilities and what-ifs.

    Realist (Re) – Deals with the practical and realistic aspects of situations.

    Nurturer (Nu) – Provides care and comfort to other parts.

    Guardian (Gu) – Protects the system from perceived threats.

    Explorer (Ex) – Enjoys the discovery of new places, ideas, or activities.

    Mechanic (Mc) – Fixer of things, enjoys tinkering and understanding how things work.

    Narrator (Na) – Puts experiences into words, might enjoy journaling.

    Analyst (An) – Breaks down problems and analyzes situations critically.

    Guru (Gu) – Seeks spiritual enlightenment and meaning.

    Activist (Ac) – Stands up for causes and beliefs.

    Listener (Li) – Pays close attention to what is being said or to internal dialogues.

    Entertainer (En) – Enjoys performing, bringing joy and amusement to others.

    Rebel (Rb) – Questions authority and fights against oppressive systems.

    Tradition-Keeper (Tk) – Values rituals and traditions.

    Romantic (Ro) – Enjoys romantic experiences or fantasies.

    Observer (Ob) – Detached from action, prefers to watch and learn.

    Controller (Co) – Likes to be in charge, can be directive.

    Collaborator (Cl) – Enjoys working in groups, seeks consensus.

    Ethicist (Et) – Considers the moral and ethical implications of actions.

    Adventurer (Ad) – Loves risk and excitement.

    Visionary (Vi) – Thinks about and plans for the long-term future.

    Humorist (Hu) – Finds and appreciates the comedy in life.

    Historical Interpreter (Hi) – Puts current experiences into historical context.

    Caretaker (Ct) – Takes on the responsibility for the well-being of others.

    Inner Child (Ic) – Represents child-like wonder, joy, or vulnerability.

    Admirer (Ad) – Looks up to certain qualities or individuals.

    Globetrotter (Gb) – Fascinated by different cultures and global issues.

    Musician (Mu) – Enjoys creating or listening to music.

    Librarian (Li) – Keeper of knowledge and information.

    Ethnographer (Eg) – Studies cultures and societies.

    Epicurean (Ep) – Has a deep appreciation for food and drink.

    Fitness Enthusiast (Fe) – Values physical activity and well-being.

    Workaholic (Wo) – Preoccupied with work and productivity.

    Tactician (Tc) – Skilled in detailed planning and maneuvering.

    Chameleon (Ch) – Adapts quickly to fit into different situations or roles.

    Theorist (Th) – Loves developing theories or models to explain phenomena.

    Fan (Fa) – Highly enthusiastic about specific hobbies or people.

    Simplifier (Si) – Aims to make complex things easier to understand.

    Celebrator (Ce) – Takes time to celebrate achievements, no matter how small.

    Ombudsman (Om) – Acts as an impartial mediator in conflicts.

    Economist (Ec) – Manages resources, interested in the economic aspect of actions.

    Mentor (Me) – Guides and advises others based on own experiences.

    Inquirer (In) – Always asking questions, seeking to know more.

    Rescuer (Rs) – Steps in to help in crisis situations.

    Protector (Pr) – A more aggressive guardian, actively seeks out and neutralizes threats.

    Referee (Rf) – Enforces the rules, tries to make sure everyone gets a fair shake.

    Networker (Nw) – Builds relationships and connects different parts or people.

    Coordinator (Cd) – Manages logistics and keeps things running smoothly.

    Bystander (By) – Observes but does not take part in actions.

    Time-Keeper (Tk) – Concerned with timing and punctuality.

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