CategoryIFS Model

Sample IFS session

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The following sample IFS session is a transcription of an extract from the session presented in the book on the IFS self-therapy (‘Self-therapy’). The role of the therapist is played by Jay Earley, the author of the book mentioned above. The client is Carl. Carl is a 40-year-old team manager at a large company. He works under a lot of pressure and tends to take it out on his...

Self energy

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What is a Self? • The energy of Self (Self-energy) is a state of mind full of compassion curiosity and other resources – a state in which we know what is good for our parts. • Each of us has a Self at the core of their being. Each of us has access to this state, even individuals who have been very wounded or mentally abused. • The Self is also considered as one of the parts (an active internal...

IFS vs neuroscience

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This article was inspired by the book by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., “Many Minds, One Self”. How does the theory of the multiplicity of mind sound in the light of what we know about the human brain from actual research? Thanks to the modern technology, we are able to carefully study this most important organ and see that the human brain works within the frame of autonomous “modules”...

Mulitplicity of mind

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This article was inspired by the book by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., “Many Minds, One Self”. Multiplicity and non-uniformity – these words are at the heart of the Internal Family Systems (IFS). Why? Well, the paradigm of the multiple mind is the basis for this approach – the perspective according to which the mind is comprised of different parts, in other words, contains an inner family of sub...

Types of parts

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Internal Family Systems distinguishes 3 types of parts of personality: 1. Exiles – young, vulnerable parts, which carry “burdens”, kept in isolation by these parts, which protect the individual from experiencing difficult emotions. 2. Managers – group of parts that use various proactive ways to protect the individual from being overwhelmed by the difficult emotions carried by exiles. Their job is...

Basic assumptions of the IFS model

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I. BASIC ASSUMPTIONS OF THE IFS MODEL It is the nature of the mind to be subdivided into an indeterminate number of sub-personalities or parts. Everyone has a Self, and the Self can and should lead the individual’s internal system. The non-extreme intention of each part is something positive for the individual. There are no “bad” parts, and the goal of therapy is not to...

History of Internal Family Systems therapy

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Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., is the face behind IFS, i.e. Internal Family Systems Therapy, which is a model of psychotherapy created and developed over 30 years ago. Before IFS saw the light of the day, its future founder, Richard Schwartz, was a family therapist. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United...

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The IFS Polska Project has been started by Michael Pasterski, social skills coach who runs a popular blog, of over 1 million readers, on psychology, education and personal development MichalPasterski.pl.

Michael has accomplished the first level of education of the Internal Family Systems Model and as a practitioner of IFS Model runs individual and couples therapy with IFS.

The aim of the IFS Polska Project is to introduce and popularize the IFS Model in Poland and make it a well-recognisable method of self-therapy and psychotherapy.