Order Effect

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order effect (n.)
Applies tosystems, system functions
CoinerFrank W. Putnam
OriginPsychiatric Term

Order Effect describes the unique impacts that fronting order has on headmates. It can be a large chain of fronters or a shorter succession of two or three. This includes, but not limited to:

  • Certain headmates not being able to be accessed without being proceeded by specific alter: alters within subsystems, for example;[1]
  • Physiological differences, like "headmate A" showing increased heartrate when proceeded by "headmate B", but showing lowered heartrate when proceeded by "headmate C"[1];
  • Increased passive influence;
  • Altered appearance or behavior based on the previous fronter, especially headmates that do not have very defined traits, like fragments; and
  • Certain alters having a natural propensity to front after others, like in-system siblings.

History[edit | edit source]

"Order effect" is a term with multiple meanings in the context of psychology. It can refer to the structure of survey questions impacting answers[2], order of treatments given to a patient[3], and within specific conditions like Bipolar Disorder[1]. Its application to plurality was developed by Frank Putnam, hence the attribution to him.

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Polyfragmented systems may be more likely to experience order effect, or systems experiencing rapid cycling episodes, but this is not well proven.[4]

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