Brief Introduction to IFS

For those of you who don’t know IFS, here is a short introduction. IFS is a very sophisticated way of working with parts or subpersonalities. Parts of the psyche are like little people inside of us. Each has its own perspective, feelings, memories, goals, and motivations. Each part is trying to protect us from pain or harm, even if we don’t need that protection any more. Protectors handle the external world to keep us safe, and they defend against feeling our underlying pain. Exiles are wounded inner child parts that carry pain from the past. The Self is our spiritual center, our true self. It is naturally curious, compassionate, connected, and grounded.