Fronting is the act of one or more members of a plural system taking control of the shared body and acting through it in this world.
If more than one systemmate is fronting at the same time, that is called co-fronting.
Different systems may experience fronting in different ways, and each system may discover their own metaphors to describe the process of switching and being in front. Some examples include:
Going to a communications or control room that exists at a designated location in headspace
Stepping into the body as though it were a suit to be worn.
Becoming much more aware of what is happening in the outerworld, feeling it viscerally rather than looking at it through a window.
Co-fronting is a state of being where more than one systemmate is in front at the same time. Different systems may experience co-fronting differently in different situations. Some ways that co-fronting may work include:
One person looking over another's shoulder, and chiming in when they have something to say.
Each systemmate operating a different part of the body. For example, while driving, one systemmate may manage the steering while another works the pedals.
Some systems may have members who do not remember
what happens when another systemmate is in front. Co-fronting may mean that more than one systemmate have a clear memory of events that took place.
Some systems find that co-fronting is tiring, and have difficulty maintaining it for long without a lot of practice. Other systems may find that co-fronting happens naturally or even unintentionally unless a specific effort is made to distance the one person who is in front.