In­ter­nal Fam­ily Systems

TagLast edit: 6 Apr 2021 15:03 UTC by Kaj_Sotala

Internal Family Systems, or IFS, is a Freudian-descended model of the psyche and psychotherapy method based on the idea that the mind is split between parts called exiles, managers, and firefighters. Therapy consists of methods for allowing these parts to “talk” to each other so, for example, exiles can be reintegrated.

Wikipedia as a more thorough introduction to the IFS model.

For a related technique developed by CFAR, see Internal Double Crux. Rather than thinking of the mind as an entity with one set of goals and beliefs, IFS includes many independently acting components, each of which might have varying goals and beliefs; see subagents for the more general form of this idea.

Build­ing up to an In­ter­nal Fam­ily Sys­tems model

Kaj_Sotala26 Jan 2019 12:25 UTC
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On In­ter­nal Fam­ily Sys­tems and multi-agent minds: a re­ply to PJ Eby

Kaj_Sotala29 Oct 2019 14:56 UTC
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Ten­ta­tively con­sid­er­ing emo­tional sto­ries (IFS and “get­ting into Self”)

Kaj_Sotala30 Nov 2018 7:40 UTC
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Trans­lat­ing CFAR to Therapy

squidious26 Sep 2017 7:00 UTC
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In­te­grat­ing dis­agree­ing subagents

Kaj_Sotala14 May 2019 14:06 UTC
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Subagents, akra­sia, and co­her­ence in humans

Kaj_Sotala25 Mar 2019 14:24 UTC
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Subagents, in­tro­spec­tive aware­ness, and blending

Kaj_Sotala2 Mar 2019 12:53 UTC
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Men­tal Mountains

Scott Alexander27 Nov 2019 5:30 UTC
108 points
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Book sum­mary: Un­lock­ing the Emo­tional Brain

Kaj_Sotala8 Oct 2019 19:11 UTC
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City of Lights

Alicorn31 Mar 2010 23:30 UTC
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How to Write Deep Characters

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Jun 2013 2:10 UTC
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Forc­ing your­self to keep your iden­tity small is self-harm

G Gordon Worley III3 Apr 2021 14:03 UTC
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