2. Additional  Village Characters not found in Voice Dialogue

Voice Dialogue teachers  tend to call any opposite self a "disowned" even when it is just opposite and though weaker is clearly still active in the person's life. For me the term "disowned"  only applies to characters who are clearly out of the village and totally or almost always inaccessible. 

Disowned are only one kind of opposite

A truly "disowned" or discredited energetic opposite of a Primary self  (that is a typical Active inner villager ) might be for example the opposite to a strong active A "peacekeeper". The peacekeeper a long time ago arranged for its opposite "open  honest and blunt" to be discredited, exiled and disowned. 
That means the individual may just not be able to access their "open and honest" at all or only with great difficulty. Characters who have been exiled don't get back easily because the Active primary does not want them back at all. 

But this is not the only kind of opposite as I explain below. As I see it, there are several other kinds of selves that are "opposite" in the energetic sense but still quite active in their own way, for example the Backup (B) Private (P) and Complex (C)  types and the Refugees. Here's how I distinguish the different kinds of opposites in the inner village. 

Active or primary villagers (A Types)
These are the ones we are familiar with. The primary selves. The are easy to identify, easy to talk with. The do what they say they are doing. And they are active.

Backup or type B villager
Another very common kind of
energetic opposite (of a Primary self or Active type) and one who is definitely not disowned nor discredited is the Backup or B type inner villager. This kind of opposite's job is to step in when for any reason the type A villager is unable to do their usual job
Example: Primary A type is a peacekeeper. But when it fails to protect the vulnerable inner child the B type warrior is quickly on the scene. Temporarily the B becomes the primary self in the village. But once it's job is done it goes into the background until needed again. Notice how very different in energy and behaviour  the B is compared with the inaccessible discredited exile character.



Active Type A    

Backup Type B

super responsible philosophical
responsible caretaker self nurturer
procrastinator pusher
rational analytical thinker artist, creative
rebel well-behaved
romantic practical
extroverted quiet and withdrawn
clown thoughtful
peacekeeper, don't rock the boat warrior, defender


3. Discredited, Exiled or disowned (D types) 

Here I make a distinction that differs from Voice Dialogue. But it is one that I feel is essential to clarify what is happening in the inner village.

or Biblical disowning - the "real" disowned
The observation that a stronger self  will expel or remove other selves because they appear to be "troublemakers" is all too true.  The term "disowning" especially in the Biblical sense is a remarkably accurate description for this process (though not an easy one to visualise). Think of it this way. The "disowned" character was once an active member of the village. For example in a James  it was his sensitivity and his ability to tap into his emotions,  his "feeling" self. To James's primary "macho" self this feeling character was seen as a constant source of shame, guilt and loss of status amongst James's friends. The "macho" identified James's feeler self as a major cause of  as trouble. And so the decision was made. It had to be expelled.

After that, James stopped experiencing emotions and became a very tough character. 

His feelings character was not only turned out into the desert. In addition what it used to do is never even discussed in his inner village. Its original existence is denied. Any suggestion that the feelings might be able to return is vigorously denied and opposed.  And yet James's feeling character still exists. Somewhere out there in the deep dark forest the character survives, and waits for its opportunity to come back ..... 
As Hal and Sidra Stone have shown in case after case, the  effect of this is subtle but can  have a strong effect on your life. James marries a woman who has disowned her strong warrior woman character and is constantly experiencing out of control emotional outbursts. This is not a co-incidence! It is his exiled feelings using his wife to get back into James's life. 
Whatever characters you  have disowned can have an extremely powerful effect on your life as explained in my separate Voice Dialogue pages - Effects of Disowning and   Identifying Disowned Selves within you)

So for that kind of disowned and discredited character the term is absolutely accurate., Voice Dialogue teachers, however  tend to use the term more widely, describing any opposite self as "disowned" even when it is just an energetic opposite of a primary Active one. 
But, though secondary, some of these characters are clearly still active in the person's life or inner village. They talk to us. Some fix problems, some cause problems. They often do important specialist jobs in the village. They are often observed as parts of common repetitive patterns, good and not so good.  So they can't possibly be the same as the exiled, discredited or true disowned. 

This is why I like to identify and talk about several other kinds of selves that are "opposite" in the energetic sense but still quite active in their own way, for example:

For me the term "disowned"  (D) only applies to characters who are clearly outside the village and totally or almost always inaccessible. That is, unless you set up an active process for returning them to the village. And before you do that, you need to get the agreement of the Active villager who expelled them in the first place. (This is a more complex process but I will describe it in a later page (link to come -new pages to be written on this)

Other places in the Inner Village

The  The Complex corner

The Safe Place (new pages to come on this)

The marketplace (new pages to come on this)

The Private or Walled Off Section (new pages to come on this)
The River  and the Bridges (new pages to come on this)

Other linked pages .....  (ALL ADDED JANUARY 1996 - - 2010)

Why tell stories rather than talk psychology? - Added 08 February  1996 - - 2010

How do you measure the effectiveness of inner self work? 1996 - - 2010

Different terms 2010

A search for a way to speed up the changes and to make them last longer

Guidelines to working with Inner villagers -1996 - - 2010

Life in the Inner  village -1996 - - 2010 

A fable about using fables

A deeper psychological discussion of the theory behind the experimental Village and the Awareness Hill storytelling approach - 1996 - - 2010

Fights where inner matriarchs and inner patriarchs take over

Carried villagers - "refugees" from someone else's village


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