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Fig. 3. Patient’s drawing depicting the relationships between the alters in the latter half of the treatment, with their conflicts resolved. Early in the treatment, the alters kept each other in check, quibbling over what was right and wrong in their relationships. The alters’ appearances also had an exclusive and threatening atmosphere, depicted with mostly dark colors, harsh eyes, and sharp lines (Fig. 1). As treatment progressed, the alters understood the position and reason for being of each other and began to be depicted in appearances that were freer and more comfortable within the patient’s control. According to the patient’s explanation, this drawing in Fig. 3 depicts the alter Obsidian, who was always living in seclusion at the Desert, starting to have a good relationship with the other alters. Here, Obsidian is being mischievous with the alter Ri_te, suggesting that male Ri_ te is trying to wear feminine clothing. If this were a dangerous situation, Agate, which is represented as the patient himself, would have intervened to control the situation; Agate stands by and watches the mischievous situation. The patient’s drawing depicts the playful communication between the alters, who used to be isolated in their own situations in the past, gathered in a single room. This describes the relationship between the alters in the latter half of the treatment, with sharp conflicts between them having been resolved.
J Korean Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2022;33:73-81
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