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|fusion (n., v., adj.)|
|Other forms||fused (v., adj.)|
|Synonyms||merging (n., v.)|
Fusing is not inherently bad or good, and can result in increased stability for the whole system; in the end, though, the choice to pursue large or small scale fusions is often a private matter and is up to every individual system.
However, some systems force members to fuse together without one or both member's consent. This is considered inhumane and is often the result of pressure from external sources, especially doctors or fellow systems. To the rest of the system, a sudden integration can feel like the sudden death of a family member or friend.
In some circles, fusion can also be non-permanent; some theorize the popularity of Steven Universe had an influence on the use of fusion in that way, or it could be attributed to the fluidness of plural terminology. Either way, some systems may use "fusion" like merging or blending.
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Fusion is also the last step in the process of integration, or the lowering of barriers between headmates; the lowest the barriers can be is non-existent, after all. The most extreme form of this is final fusion, or when all headmates merge together, leaving one headmate that is the sum of all. This was considered the only "cure" for multiplicity, but has since been challenged by a large community of both plurals and their allies (including doctors) believing that multiplicity is non-harmful or even beneficial.