In this article I will explore the impact of spiritual experiences on the psyche in terms of the brain, the personality system and our response to novel situations that challenge our worldview. I will then offer ways to understand and work with our own protective systems that facilitate the integration of emergent spiritual experiences.
Welcome to the IFS Blog
This blog is intended to act as a discussion forum/information provision for people interested in exploring the Internal Family Systems model of the personality.
To view a brief explanatory video of the model please see my video titled Understanding the Personality System
If you want to review what IFS is all about or don’t have access to a therapist then this post has a video, handout and link to a facebook page all designed to help you out.
Emotional Freedom Technique acknowledges multiplicity and holds the promise of tapping our troubles away. Yet when we look at the popularity of this technique from an IFS perspective we can perhaps glean a deeper understanding of what is going on in our system.
Available as a PDF
This article explores contemporary approaches to grief and loss then outlines an IFS perspective. It is written for both therapists and non-therapists and offers practical strategies for working with the “Loss Cluster” activated as a result of lost attachments.
This article is available as a PDF file.
This article considers vicarious trauma in realtion to empathic parts. It discusses the limits of empathy, introduces the term “empathic overwhelm” which is to a degree synonymous with burnout and compassion fatigue, and invites those working in human services to foster compassion and compassionate connection as the healing response.empathy.compassion, IFS, therapy
Monogenderism refers to the pervasive and oppressive belief that an individual has only one gender – as opposed to many parts with different genders. This belief limits our awareness and supports transphobic violence. This article argues that transphobia is a form of reaction formation related to the disowned gender variant parts in the personality system.gender, IFS, social justice, transgender