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Internal Family Systems Therapy (The Guilford Family Therapy) Hardcover – November 4, 1994
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The IFS model assumes that we all are "multiple personalities", organized by a "self" that is compassionate, curious, and expansive. These sub-personalities, or "parts", are all good and are with us from birth. They are kept in balance and harmony through self-leadership. When the self is threatened by trauma or devaluation from the outside world, the parts protect the self from harm; in doing so, they also lose trust in the self's ability to provide leadership and safety. In "exiling" the self for its own protection, these parts become extreme and polarized; the parts that were hurt carry the burdens of pain and suffering ("exiles") that other parts (i.e., "managers" and "firefighters") try to keep out of conscious awareness through various roles and operations. This becomes a recursive system which feeds upon itself to create symptoms when a person is under stress. These parts, which have been forced into extreme roles, are often identified by mental health professionals as symptoms or "psychopathology".Read more ›
If you are a mental health professional then please do yourself and your clients a huge favor by exploring this model.
Despite my doubts, I stuck with it, and slowly things started to happen for me, and then when my therapist mentioned IFS by name, I found this book and all these pieces started to come together. Although the book is really a textbook for therapists, I found it quite readable as a client, and so many things began to make sense about what was happening to me in therapy, and what role I needed to play in the process for the technique to be really effective. Having a big picture sense of the IFS methodology was incredibly enlightening and helpful, and I've made all sorts of progress that I think would have been much slower had I not read the book.
I think that the book would also be readable for someone who wasn't either a therapist or a client in an IFS setting, but there are limited examples and case studies in the book, so some things might be a bit vague and theoretical.Read more ›
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I read this book and I was able to do some very effective self-therapy. It really does work. I got more progress in a month than over a year using other methods.Published 11 days ago by Robofox42
The therapeutic model outlined in this book appears fairly simple. However, it offers a depth and complexity that makes it a superb therapeutic tool for individuals, groups, and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Clark
I have worked with IFS for several years and find it to be miraculous. It's not an easy process (to understand or to do), but it is one of the approaches I have found for deep... Read morePublished 10 months ago by jcd