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Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts: Discovering Your True Self Through Internal Family Systems Therapy

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Explore Your Multifaceted Mind—an Invitation to Personal Healing and Spiritual Awakening

Inside each of us, there are many distinct selves. "Though we’ve been raised to believe that healthy people have a single ‘self,’" explains Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, "acknowledging our multiplicity gives a far deeper awareness of how our minds actually work." Dr. Schwartz’s pioneering I
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Published July 3rd 2018 by Sounds True (first published 2018)
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Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is only available on audio. So, that not great, but it's a walk through multiple exercises and light explanation for the theory. Theory that I believe lines with a philosophy not usually explored; we are good and our parts are created to protect us, if we can befriend, understand and have compassion for those parts we are whole. It's an interesting experience and worth multiple reviews. ...more
Sandy Plants
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fuck yaaaaaa. I love Richard’s speaking voice and I love what he brings to the world. IFS has been so healing for me—my therapist and The Body Keeps The Score both introduced me to it. It’s a revolutionary concept. I practice it on my own, I practice it with my partner, I practice it in group.

This book is not a book, it’s an audio series full of meditations that demonstrate and explore the concepts of IFS. I listened to it at work when I couldn’t sit with myself and be still and listen to my pa
Liz Lem
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a 4 because Schwartz’s delivery was a 2 but the ideas expressed were unlike anything I’ve heard of before raising the rating significantly. I found the idea helpful to think of my ‘self’ as parts. Kind of like the film “Inside Out”. Yet Schwartz asserts that our parts are with us always and that they each serve a purpose. I picked up another book “Feeding Your Demons” which is billed as an ancient wisdom for solving inner conflict. I find it harder to live with the belief that t ...more
A'ishah Amatullah
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started exploring IFS to address CPTSD. This is an excellent introduction to IFS by the person who developed it. I dislike audiobooks, but I downloaded Audible just to have this one easily available after hearing how it helped others with doing self-therapy with IFS.

I have started other books such as Jay Earley's Self-Therapy but I struggle to make progress with IFS on my own without a guided format. I am working with a practitioner but being able to do work on my own as well is important to
Ben Jones
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
1-10 Takeaways:
1) We all don't have Multiple Personality Disorder; but, we all have multiple personalities (critic, defender, etc.) in our own internal dialogue. Internal Family Therapy (IFS) is addressing/listening to/treating each part of our personality as it engages with the others, similar to how a physical human family would receive group therapy/counseling.
2) Identifying and allowing a disgruntled internal part of our personality to be heard will take the weight/impact out of its current
Jules Morgan
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book by Richard Schwartz on his Internal Family Systems model. There are lots of excellent meditations alongside the theory and I found it very accessible and enriching. I'm definitely a bit biased, because IFS has helped me so much, personally, but I think regardless of how much dissociation you've got going on, it's a good read with lots of helpful ways of looking at internal struggles. It's also super compassionate and gentle and doesn't focus on integration as the end goal, which i ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and found the content useful for practice. Dr. Schwartz explains how the mind works when we identify in parts. Dr. Schwartz walks the reader through activities that help identify parts including The Path and talk tracks that help the individual to go inside. Dr. Schwartz explains his background and how he developed IFS. There is so much to this read that I will need to reread again within the next year!
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nie wiem kiedy ją skończę, bo ja na razie stale wracam do wybranych fragmentów i na nich pracuję. Ta pozycja występuje tylko w formacie audiobooka, który zawiera nagrania sesji terapeutycznych, które każdy może przeprowadzić sam ze sobą. Schwartz pyta, Ty sobie sam odpowiadasz. Żeby w pełni skorzystać z tego materiału, warto znać wcześniej podstawy IFS.
Jacqueline Allene
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s a good book but it’s totally dry. Working through of exercises some were intense and others I didn’t really understand. But it did shed some light of some of the trauma that I went through. It has helped me work on healing hose parts.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very useful book but there’s room for improvement in the way it’s written. Also, found the religious analogies very subjective and off-putting. Overall, enjoyed reading the book and found it useful both personally and professionally as a therapist.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
audio book. this is one of dicks intro workshops. as a professional i got a few things from it but i have trained past this book so it was not as good
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it
An incredibly powerful model. its not very well presented here imo, and approaching my 'parts' with someone else's words, formulas, questions just made them more defensive. ...more
Chloe Carlson
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This audio book version is very much like an audio-still workbook. It pauses to give you time to work through the content. Very practical.
Jodie Gale
I enjoyed this - similar to Assagioli's subpersonalities, Jungian subselves, ego state therapy etc. ...more
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