THE INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL
Schwartz says that his model is a combination of Systems Thinking and the concept of the multiplicity of mind. In addition to helping people understand their inner lives and how to optimize their personal psychic system, Schwartz noted the concept of "parallelism," which states that similar patterns play out on all levels of human systems. Therefore, archetypal forms of relationships and conflicts play out self-similarly whether within an individual, a family, a society or even globally between nations. Schwartz's model is very powerful as it allows us to understand how dysfunctions of particular types interact amongst all of these levels of human systems and provides us tools to bring about greater health on all of these levels.
RICHARD SCHWARTZ'S BOOK ABOUT INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS THERAPY
Internal Family Systems Therapy by Richard Schwartz
OTHER RESOURCES RELATED TO THE INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL
- All of my Blog posts tagged Internal Family Systems
- The Internal Family Systems Association
- The Center for Self-Leadership
- SFHelp.org - The amazing website of social worker Peter K. Gerlach, with an array of information and articles from the standpoint of the Internal Family Systems model. Gerlach's site has an emphasis on family, and particularly step-family, dynamics, but is also full of information relevant to all.
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