chapter  10
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Facilitating Coconsciousness and Coparticipation in the Treatment

Coconsciousness refers to two or more alters sharing the same mental, affective and/or perceptual space at the same time. Each may be aware of the other’s presence and have ongoing memory of the situation. This does not mean, however, that they are behaving as one. Generally, one part is in executive control, while one or more others are watching, listening, and thinking about what is happening. The achievement of coconsciousness is a necessary step toward greater harmony and cooperation in the system, as well as toward integration.