Two articles from the Center for Self Leadership website:
First article explains some history and defines the “Self” versus “Parts” and is written by Dr. Richard Swartz, Ph. D. For those of you who prefer other media, this page also has a video that summarizes the article.
Second article is an “(o)utline of the Internal Family Systems Model“. I like the breakdown and explanation of “basic assumptions” that are the foundation of this theory.
Why share so much about Internal Family Systems (IFS)?
- I am doing research to support important work going on in the AlterXpressions system – internal as parts are “growing up” and changing roles; external because they are ready to communicate with the outside world and our counselor in particular
- I honestly believe that most people, even without DID and alter personalities, are made up of parts or characteristics.
- Sometimes those parts are in harmony; other times they are in conflict. Conflict makes coping with and healthy expressions of feelings difficult for anyone, but especially trauma survivors who’ve learned to shut down instead of feel.
- The techniques and strategies here give options for working with and holding conflicting feelings at the same time without feeling helpless.
- IFS can be used as a tool to bridge conversations with people who are wary of mental illness or have a hard time understanding/accepting/making sense of how symptoms appear to outsiders, but really do want to learn and help and be part of your/my/our lives.
- IFS is what I used to explain all of this to my boss and supervisors back when everything almost blew up in my face. Before the legal name change, but after I separated from my family.
Maybe it will help you too.
Thanks for reading.