When ‘The Self’ becomes the leading intelligence in our lives, we create more harmony—both within ourselves and in our external lives.
So how do we access our intuition? How do we make decisions from a place of inner peace? And how do we become more integrated and healed humans?
Answering these questions is the life’s work of today’s guest Dr. Richard Schwartz, a psychotherapist who created a very interesting and effective therapeutic modality called Internal Family Systems (or IFS).
IFS is premised on the idea that every person has different “parts” within them, each with their own unique characteristics and functions, separate from one’s “true” or “core” self. Emotional healing and greater well-being can be experienced by bringing these various parts into harmony with each other—integrating them, if you will—in a process many have found transformative.
“None of us are unitary personalities. It’s the nature of the mind to have lots of different sub-personalities, and those parts are all valuable.”
– DR. RICHARD SCHWARTZ
This episode covers many fascinating topics, including:
- The fundamentals of IFS and how it works;
- Dr. Schwartz’s ‘many parts’ multiplicity of mind model;
- how we develop specific behaviors in response to our respective environments;
- how IFS can help us better understand ourselves, heal our emotional afflictions, and our core Self;
- how to deal with our inner critic;
- how IFS operates to address addiction, trauma, depression, intimacy & other issues; and
- many other fascinating topics
This episode culminates in Dr. Schwartz illustrating his process by taking me (albeit a bit reluctantly) through a fairly intense psychological exercise I hope you find informative.
Dr. Schwartz’s work is deeply fascinating, and this conversation has stuck with me. My hope is that this exchange inspires you to do the internal work required to live a more integrated and purpose-driven life.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect With Dr. Schwartz: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn
- IFS Institute: Evolution of The Internal Family Systems Model By Dr. Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.
- IFS Institute: Common Types of Legacy Burdens: From Family, Ethnic Group, Culture, Religion
- Book: You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For: Applying Internal Family Systems to Intimate Relationships
- Book: Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Book: No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model
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