No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Discover an empowering new way of understanding your multifaceted mind - and healing the many parts that make you who you are.
Is there just one “you”? We’ve been taught to believe we have a single identity, and to feel fear or shame when we can’t control the inner voices that don’t match the ideal of who we think we should be. Yet Dr. Richard Schwartz’s research now challenges this “mono-mind” theory. “All of us are born with many sub-minds - or parts,” says Dr. Schwartz. “These parts are not imaginary or symbolic. They are individuals who exist as an internal family within us - and the key to health and happiness is to honor, understand, and love every part.”
Dr. Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems (IFS) model has been transforming psychology for decades. With No Bad Parts, you’ll learn why IFS has been so effective in areas such as trauma recovery, addiction therapy, and depression treatment - and how this new understanding of consciousness has the potential to radically change our lives. Here you’ll explore:
- The IFS revolution - how honoring and communicating with our parts changes our approach to mental wellness
- Overturning the cultural, scientific, and spiritual assumptions that reinforce an outdated mono-mind model
- The ego, the inner critic, the saboteur - making these often-maligned parts into powerful allies
- Burdens - why our parts become distorted and stuck in childhood traumas and cultural beliefs
- How IFS demonstrates human goodness by revealing that there are no bad parts
- The Self - discover your wise, compassionate essence of goodness that is the source of healing and harmony
- Exercises for mapping your parts, accessing the Self, working with a challenging protector, identifying each part’s triggers, and more
IFS is a paradigm-changing model because it gives us a powerful approach for healing ourselves, our culture, and our planet. As Dr. Schwartz teaches, “Our parts can sometimes be disruptive or harmful, but once they’re unburdened, they return to their essential goodness. When we learn to love all our parts, we can learn to love all people - and that will contribute to healing the world.”
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 10 minutes|
|Author||Richard C. Schwartz PhD, Alanis Morissette - foreword introduction|
|Narrator||Richard C. Schwartz PhD|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 12, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,160 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#14 in Medical Psychotherapy TA & NLP
#20 in Popular Psychology Psychotherapy
#80 in Psychology (Audible Books & Originals)
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OK, it’s me, not Schwartz. He obviously knows what he’s doing. But as a regular guy, trying as much as I could to follow the instructions, I just ended up confused and disappointed. I could not do any of the exercises. Nothing like a SELF ever shone through, and no inner dialogs between myself and parts ever manifested. It felt like fairy tale. I don’t like writing this. But I cannot help it.
It does not feel like science. It feels like poetry or symbolism in the way that Jungian psychology does…majestic, intriguing, deep, but is it real? Or is it just a way of describing cognitive and emotional phenomena. I felt more and more as the book went ahead that IFS is, in a good sense, but still, much like myth. An artistic model to engage with oneself. Symbolic. Metaphoric. (He says not so, several times.).
We are supposed to recognize the inner family as literal, ontologically true, a being (beings) within. A “part” is sub personality with independent agency, you (your SELF ideally, or other parts at least) can speak to it and engage in dialog, in which the part’s own thoughts are revealed by the part to you as if speaking to another person altogether. It does not occur to me that way, as open mindedly and fervently as I attempted to do.
Rather, it felt really silly. Forced. Like I am making up a play, writing characters “motivations” and mapping out a story which I then improvise. There is always a meta-awareness of my single self - the author - somehow deciding the show.
And so my annoyance. Because I really want to experience what IFS holds out for healing oneself, yet I could not get one iota of this. Rather, I began hear a tone of a new age imaginary self talk…Sorry, I just didn’t get how you can actually believe this is genuine science and not “faith based” con.
The other recent book by Dick called “You are the One You’ve Been Waiting For” I loved actually, it really did help my marriage.
My apologies for this negative review. I suppose an IFS practitioner would say I am still too “blended” with a part or parts to let my Self through….perhaps that correct…I will keep trying.
In IFS, we become aware of our parts: those conflicting inner voices, feelings and beliefs that can overwhelm and confuse us. We also become aware of our Self: the healing force we all carry inside. These conversations, these compassionate inner exchanges, between our parts and our Self sustain and strengthen us throughout life’s challenges and changes.
His concept of the Self is revolutionary because he does not see it as broken, but as present in all of us. The Self becomes concealed by alienated parts, who are burdened with feelings and beliefs of traumatic experiences as they were fighting for our survival, most often during our childhood.
We learn about why parts are frozen in time, becoming stuck in feelings and beliefs formed by those traumatic experiences. We learn how we can help parts unburden and become supportive partners in our inner family. IFS is a healing journey that reaches beyond one’s own soul and life. It touches the lives of others.
It has always moved me how honestly and openly Dick Schwartz shares about himself, his own struggles, the history of his suffering parts, the development of IFS, and his experiences with IFS in his life. He does this again with his new book “No Bad Parts.” He is not someone who wants to be on a pedestal. He wants us to get to know what is going on in our inner world. He supports us lovingly in gaining appreciation for our parts and our Self — and in living Self-led lives. He empowers us to create harmony within and around us.
As his client some years ago, I had unforgettable experiences on this journey. I remember coming into a session after I had sent the final version of my essay “Facing a Wall of Silence” to the editors. As I listened inside, I did not notice any parts. Instead I had a strong feeling of being alive. He asked me to imagine walking up a path and leaving my parts behind. When I did this, the feeling of being alive only intensified. He invited me to ask this feeling what it had to tell me, and the first thing I heard was: “This is what you are here for.” The same feeling returned strongly and for some time, years later, when I wrote “Alice Miller: War and Betrayal Trauma.”
Although I have a part who is very skeptical of spirituality, it acknowledges these experiences as real, valid and convincing. In retrospect, it seems that — without being aware of it — I was on a journey and had a calling, which IFS helped me fulfill.
It is a profound relief not to be demeaned by some arbitrary diagnosis, but to understand how our history impacted our parts — and forced our Self into being locked away. It is deeply gratifying to come to value our Self and to live with Self-leadership.
The experience that my Self can be there, reliably and lovingly, with compassion, for my parts when they come up, and struggle, and need to share, has been life-changing. It has brought hope and joy and love and courage into my life.
Dick Schwartz shares his insights and experiences bravely and honestly. The wealth of those experiences and insights is comforting and invigorating. And comforting and loving is the IFS therapy approach, which is a blessing as we can actively heal our traumatized parts, harmonize our inner system, come to cherish our parts’ true essence, as well as our Self — and find our place in the world.
I am grateful for my IFS journey, for Dick’s open heart and generosity when confronted with my vehement protectors, and for the encouragement that his book “No Bad Parts” provides in continuing my journey with IFS.
Richard Schwartz, in “Internal Family Systems Therapy” and “No Bad Parts”, introduces a comprehensible topography of our inner psyches (including both our constructively productive and also our disruptively less-than-productive ‘parts’). IFST is a very practical process for “healing our trauma” and “restoring our wholeness.” In contrast to many other therapies (that confront our experienced challenges as pathologies), IFST emphasizes how “all” of our parts have helpful intentions … even those ‘parts’ that may be currently mis-guided.
Schwartz presents the IFST theory and therapy in layman’s language and applies it to everyday situations with which most of us can readily identify. Even we non-therapists can understand and appreciate the IFST model and practical applications. Whether you’re a relatively functional individual who effectively manages your inner ‘burdens’ or an individual often overcome by apparently uncontrollable ‘burdens’, Schwartz’s IFST can be helpful for you.
Strongly recommended for individuals journeying toward finding and feeling their greater wholeness!
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Un libro che cambia la vita.