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If you're able to stay distinct from your headmates more often than not without really trying, have you noticed a trend on when headmates show up?

Please :boost_ok: so we can reach the biggest sample size possible!

poll for plural systems, :boost_ok: and responses greatly appreciated 

@The1AndMany We haven't really thought about it, but it appears to us that there's more like density "waves" and it's more like the density causes blurriness, rather than the other way around?

Unless we're misreading your poll and that was an option.

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@The1AndMany it varies for us. we seem most distinct when we're on psychedelics tho (which was how we figured out we were plural in the first place)

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@The1AndMany I don't think I understand the question
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@Felthry

Yeah, we could have written that more clearly. Our bad.

From what we've heard, learning to stay separated from your headmates is a learned, system-wide skill. One major milestone for newer systems is the ability to do this consistently without really putting any conscious effort into it.

We want to know whether it's more common (broadly speaking) for headmates to show up before or after that milestone, assuming all other factors are equal.

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@The1AndMany in that case, our answer would be very complicated and full of holes because our memory of that time period is very damaged
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re: poll for plural systems, :boost_ok: and responses greatly appreciated 

@The1AndMany ngl i really cant remember what it was like before we were able to be distinct. we're a system that mostly functions on co-con, and its unusual for only one alter to be co-con at time, but we're normally very distinct. we've known about being a system for at least 8 years (i say at least bc i cant remember that far) but ik that for at least 12 years we'd had some distinct communication.

its hard to tell if its more or less dense at any given time now than it was before, we have awareness of more alters for sure now but it was easier to be overwhelmed early on, even if it was only 2 or 3 at a time (nowadays we only get overwhelmed at 5+)

poll for plural systems, :boost_ok: and responses greatly appreciated 

@The1AndMany 🥀 we're all super distinct without really trying. blurriness only really happens when we're under a lot of stress

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@The1AndMany having trouble trying to comprehend what you're asking here.

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@P1L0T

Yeah, we could have done better explaining.

For most plural systems, being able to stay separated from the others is a learned skill. One of the first major milestones is learning how to do so reliably without really trying.

We're curious whether it's more common for headmates to show up before or after this milestone.

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@The1AndMany ok. still confused what you mean by dense

re: poll for plural systems, :boost_ok: and responses greatly appreciated 

@P1L0T

Density of events. Bad word choice in hindsight. Basically, does it happen more often before or after, assuming you compensate for the different amounts of time.

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