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The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy developed by Richard C. Schwartz in the 1980s. It combines systems thinking with the view that the mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities, each with its own unique viewpoint and qualities. IFS uses family systems theory to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized.
IFS posits that the mind is made up of multiple parts, and underlying them is a person's core or true Self. Like members of a family, a person's inner parts can take on extreme roles or subpersonalities. Each part has its own perspective, interests, memories, and viewpoint. A core tenet of IFS is that every part has a positive intent, even if its actions are counterproductive and/or cause dysfunction. There is no need to fight with, coerce, or eliminate parts; the IFS method promotes internal connection and harmony to bring the mind back into balance.
IFS therapy aims to heal wounded parts and restore mental balance. The first step is to access the core Self and then, from there, understand the different parts in order to heal them.
A Cup of Tea with Sadness is the story of a man who ran away from lifelong sadness. He disliked being sad and thought something was wrong with him when he felt sad. But then one day, his curiosity got the better of him and he invited "Sadness" in for a friendly chat over a cup of tea. What transpired was beyond his imagination.
This book is for all ages, perfect for adults, young adults and children to convey the gentle and loving healing process of IFS therapy. Beautiful full-color illustrations fill the pages of this simple yet profound book.
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