These elusive, and almost mystical compounds comprise what is understood to be a “force-field” of abstract imaginative chemicals, neural electricity, solid matter and porous membranes that cannot be seen by the naked eye. The states that are associated with the “elements” can be seen on fMRI scans. Within the matter that constitutes a dissociative (also called trauma boundary) are electrons that behave in a manner specified by the directional flow innate to its character. Imagine a butterfly without its wings, or a moth captured in a flame. They are defenseless to the affects of nature without their “armour.” Thus is the resolve of a personality state if it were to exist without it’s armour. Dissociative boundaries develop in such a way that they shelter states from the brunt of “punishment”dished out. A child who has been so traumatized they have created dissociated states would not survive long in their environment without their armour. It’s the very essence of the design that enwraps the conscious mind and protects its contents from a fate that would otherwise not only destroy the child as a whole. No where in time has there ever been an armour so brilliantly designed as that found in individuals with dissociative identity disorder; this cloak reveals itself at the most opportune time, keeping the mind shrouded in ignorance so the afflicted can blindly stumble through life, and although it is indeed a stumble, it is also existence. (Lanius et al., 2014) (Giuseppe et al.,2014) (Vermetten et al., 2007)
Science dictates that neurological influences must remain constant throughout their existence, and so is the case with a dissociative boundary. It may fade and sparkle and hide and seek, but it never retreats entirely. In other words, the field allows and disallows a great many things; the list is long and follows a pattern. The boundaries are associated with the various dissociated states, as well as the emotions, communication abilities and painful realities of those states. In addition, the boundaries “control” heard “voices” that are perceived as harmful, both from inside and without. The boundaries protect from all perceived inner harm, and perhaps most interesting is that they dictate if a state is able to access consciousness or not. Some boundaries never allow a state to gain consciousness, while others define boundaries pushing states from the subconscious to the conscious entanglement we call the outer existence, where in dissociative identity disorder, only one state will ever be stationed at a time. (Lanius et al.,</a 2014) (Giuseppe et al.,2014) (Vermetten et al., 2007) The fact that an individual with dissociative identity disorder rarely notices they are ill is a function of the dissociative boundaries. It is this certitude alone that researchers of the past could not comprehend, and so they unfortunately mixed up this quiet mental disorder with the brutal affronting disorder called “other specified dissociative disorder” OSDD. Those afflicted with OSDD are quick to point out their harmful encounters with symptoms and as the more outspoken of the complex-Dissociative Disorders, they tend to have their tale told, but sadly told with the label of dissociative identity disorder instead of that of their own mental disorder.
Dissociative boundary, trauma and traumatic boundary all are terms that mean the same thing. You might also hear individuals speak of state separators and functional trauma separation, but they are all words that mean the “thing” that separates states and aids in their behavior. .