Internal Family Systems

The Internal Family Systems Model Outline

Derek Scott 


    It is the nature of the mind to be subdivided into an indeterminate number of subpersonalities or parts.

    Everyone has a Self, and the Self can and should lead the individual's internal system.

    The non-extreme intention of each part is something positive for the individual. There are no "bad" parts, and the goal of therapy is not to eliminate parts but instead to help them find their non-extreme roles.  The extremes can split relationships with other people, and other individual persons and a particular day into all good or all bad, when they are actually variations .

    As we develop, our parts develop and form a complex system of interactions among themselves; therefore, systems theory can be applied to the internal system. When the system is reorganized, parts can change rapidly.

    Changes in the internal system will affect changes in the external system and vice versa. The implication of this assumption is that both the internal and external levels of system should be assessed.

    © Ken Christie 2023