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Publisher's Summary

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  • Overturning the cultural, scientific, and spiritual assumptions that reinforce an outdated mono-mind model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

Critic Reviews

“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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Superb content, but painful dramatizations

The information & tools presented here are powerful. For the most part, the narrator is great; but they got actors to dramatize the client case studies, and I found them -incredibly- cringeworthy. I don’t know that there’s any better way to present that content, but faked performances of deeply personal emotions was… not the way I’d have preferred to receive that content. It demonstrated the concepts well but left me physically grimacing. Guess that’s a trailhead for some work with my own parts - just thought I’d mention it to other listeners in case they experience similar. Despite that drawback, this was still one of the best audiobooks I’ve heard all year for sheer transformative potential of the content.

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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!

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  • 01-07-22

Interesting topic, sometimes poor audio quality

First: the IFS theory itself is fascinating to me, and I can see it being both helpful and useful. I wanted a general introduction to the topic, but found this book confusing.

First, about half the book consists of exercises, which are narrated by the author themselves. In these sections the audio quality is quite poor compared to the other narrator. Also, I wish there had been more theory and less exercises, especially since the author doesn't recommend working with certain parts without the aid of an IFS therapist. What theory there was, wasn't thorough enough for my taste, and I wished it had been more systematically structured.

That being said, the examples were interesting, the language is colloquial and easy to understand, and it *was* interesting to hear the author themselves at work.

Maybe this book works better in text format, or maybe it's better for therapists and people who are already familiar with IFS. I'll be seeking out a different book on the topic instead.

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Esoteric and Bizarre

The presenter and the author do not seem to have compatible ideas on how this ought to have been read. The tone of the narration clashes with the words of the author— even when they make sense, which is rare.

The words themselves are so esoteric and hard to map onto any point of experience that one needs to search for these sensations as described very deeply, and it is hard to tell if the sensations are found or if you simply think yourself into an imaginative fantasy fueled by rhetorical flamboyance and your own drive to heal. The amount of thinking required to participate in this flies in bold opposition to any mindfulness practice rooted in Buddhist, Taoist, or Zen style meditation, which it claims to be compatible with.

Perhaps there is much knowledge to be gained here, but if there is, I’ll leave it for the rest of you to synthesize.

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The missing piece

I had my therapist recommend this book and it has become the missing piece in my healing of many decades and help to explain a lot of my behaviors that I was not even aware of in managing my emotions and why I’ve been stuck in my ability to move forward in positive ways of my life from Career to relationships.
Instead of spiritual bypassing and staying too busy doing all the time I’m now making friends with those parts of myself that I’ve simply been trying to protect me from more trauma and I’m beginning to regain my energy and sense of joy and possibility in my life.

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Not narrated by Richard Schwartz

This is not the author narrating like it says it is. Find it hard to listen to whoever this actually is. Disappointing

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Mind blowing

It was hard to wrap my head around the concept of parts and their communication with me, but when I actually tried to give myself a chance, I could see them, talk to them and understand what’s happening inside me. I’m still not sure how to deal with them, but seems like a good start.
I only wish that the meditation sections had a different format, it’s hard to follow while narrator keeps talking and doesn’t give you a chance to focus, so maybe it’s a good idea to write down the steps and follow them at your pace afterwards.

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For systematic thinkers

If you're reading this and are not a therapist, then to fully grasp the concept you need to be able to detach and think in systems. One minus is that first excercise comes before main concepts are explained and it's very confusing to do the excercise. First excercise should be done afterwards or skipped at all.
Besides that it's an interesting theory to apply in practice in very practical way while listening to your intuition and emotions.

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A Must Read for Healing Trauma!

As a mental health and trauma therapist I recommend this book to so many clients and colleagues as an introduction to IFS. Not only is it informative, but the guided meditations in the audiobook are so helpful in working towards healing in your alone time. The narrator and Dr. Schwartz both have soothing voices and everything is clearly explained. 10/10 would recommend!

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  • 01-04-22

Good introduction

This felt like a good summary of IFS after other things I had read and listened to. Useful exercises.

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  • 01-08-22

Disappointing. Misleading description of narrator

Basically I feel this is a regurgitation of 'Greater than the Sum of Parts' Most of the meditations are lifted from this book. Richard Schwartz is not the narrator except for the meditations.

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  • 06-04-22

The value of this book is in the exercises

The exercises are great and can help you start with your inner journey and serve as a guide to your own work.

Just skip through the leftist propaganda and you'll find quite it's quite a decent listen.
If not for the insistace on the collectivism push, I would have given it 5*

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  • Anna
  • 06-20-22

Very disappointed.

For myself personally the whole approach in this audiobook is very naive. I genuinely cannot make myself listen to this past first few chapters.
Large gaps of silence in the audio when you are supposed to carry out activities- like drawing different parts that "make you up".
If you are looking for something informative and to expand your knowledge- this is not it!

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  • 01-31-22

Some parts of me liked it. Some parts didn't.

Very interesting perspective worth entertaining. I personally didn't experience anything significant during the exercises but this could be due to protective parts e.g. sceptical part, thinking part, etc

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  • Felicity
  • 06-08-22

Extremely helpful approach to healing with moving examples

This book resonated so much with me (& my parts). The systems thinking approach to healing described here is a more thorough approach as not only does it benefit the person’s internal system but also the system in which we live, our societies, cultures and world - very important at this moment in history with several existential threats looming. The book is well written, the ideas well explained and the several practices throughout help the reader/listener to apply the concepts personally. Also included were example practices undertaken by other people which assisted in understanding the process and were in their own right extremely moving. I’m grateful that Richard Schwartz has created this work and to all the people who shared their process in this book. I’m really encouraged to apply the concepts in my own life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-04-22

Indescribably Invaluable

Thank you Dr Schwartz for this gift to the world and to each other. Please do pick up this title if it interests you, it is so helpful and wholesome!

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  • Danielle Mirecki
  • 05-02-22

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I found this to be abstract, like a childish story. After a while, the buzz word "parts" was thoroughly annoying.

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  • Nield
  • 12-22-21

Life changing

Accessible, mind expanding and highly practical. I’m giving it to all my friends for Christmas 😀

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  • Ben T.
  • 12-17-21

Brilliant, the more people that read this the more hope there is for humanity…

This work is not for the faint of heart, it’s is for the courageous heart, and for the benefit of all

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  • Shae Hunter
  • 11-28-21

An empowering read

I absolutely loved this book!
I’ve been doing IFS therapy for a year or so and this book has taken my healing to the next level. The author very generously hands over the tools and techniques to map your own internal system and this has given me a big picture view of the work I’ve been doing in therapy.