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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  • Overturning the cultural, scientific, and spiritual assumptions that reinforce an outdated mono-mind model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.”

©2021 Richard C. Schwartz, PhD (P)2021 Sounds True

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“An enormous gift - transformative, compassionate, and wise. These simple and brilliant teachings will open your mind and free your spirit and your heart.” (Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of A Path with Heart)

“Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, and the understanding that we all contain valuable parts that are forced into extreme roles to deal with pain and disappointment, has been one of the great advances in trauma therapy. Understanding the role they have played in our survival and being able to unburden the original traumas leads to self-compassion and inner harmony. The notion that all of our parts are welcome is truly revolutionary and opens up a path to self-acceptance and self-leadership. IFS is one of the cornerstones of effective and lasting trauma therapy.” (Bessel van der Kolk, MD, author of The Body Keeps the Score)

“In this trim and highly readable volume, Dr. Richard Schwartz articulates and deftly illustrates his Internal Family Systems model, one of the most innovative, intuitive, comprehensive, and transformational therapies to have emerged in the present century.” (Gabor Maté, MD, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction)

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The most valuable book for understanding to mind and soul A practical framework with exercises

I’ve read a good number of psychology and self-help and Buddhist meditation books this one is on another level internal family systems is revolutionary and it’s the most comprehensive, compassionate, and useful framework for viewing our minds and healing, and beliefs that hold us back from living our purpose and being happy
No other book in the area of psychology or spirituality can match this one on audible
I also enjoyed the authors book you were the one you’ve been waiting for It goes into more depth on relationships but it’s not on this site

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Excellent!

Hands down Dr. Dick Schwartz’s best IFS book so far. He personally leads the guided meditations and case demos, which is simply priceless.
Highly recommended!