Internal Family System: The self


The Self

One other key aspect of the IFS Model also differentiates it from other models.


This is the belief that, in addition to these parts, everyone is at their core a Self containing many crucial leadership qualities such as perspective, confidence, compassion, and acceptance.


Working with hundreds of clients for more than two decades, some of whom were severely abused and show severe symptoms, has convinced me that everyone has this healthy and healing Self despite the fact that many people initially have very little access to it.


When working with an individual, the goal of IFS is to differentiate this Self from the parts, thereby releasing its resources.


When the individual is in the state of Self, we can work together to help the parts out of their extreme roles.

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