In­ter­nal Fam­ily Systems

TagLast edit: 1 May 2022 19:51 UTC by Kaj_Sotala

Internal Family Systems, or IFS, is a family therapy-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.

Building up to an Internal Family Systems model offers 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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Ten­ta­tively con­sid­er­ing emo­tional sto­ries (IFS and “get­ting into Self”)

Kaj_Sotala30 Nov 2018 7:40 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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Book sum­mary: Un­lock­ing the Emo­tional Brain

Kaj_Sotala8 Oct 2019 19:11 UTC
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My cur­rent take on In­ter­nal Fam­ily Sys­tems “parts”

Kaj_Sotala26 Jun 2022 17:40 UTC
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Re­solv­ing in­ter­nal con­flicts re­quires listen­ing to what parts want

Richard_Ngo19 May 2023 0:04 UTC
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Trans­lat­ing CFAR to Therapy

squidious26 Sep 2017 7:00 UTC
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Subagents, akra­sia, and co­her­ence in humans

Kaj_Sotala25 Mar 2019 14:24 UTC
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CFAR Take­aways: An­drew Critch

Raemon14 Feb 2024 1:37 UTC
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In­te­grat­ing dis­agree­ing subagents

Kaj_Sotala14 May 2019 14:06 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
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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

Gordon Seidoh Worley3 Apr 2021 14:03 UTC
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Prepar­ing for ambition

Adam Zerner19 Jul 2021 6:13 UTC
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Many ther­apy schools work with in­ner mul­ti­plic­ity (not just IFS)

17 Sep 2022 10:27 UTC
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In­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion framework

15 Nov 2022 12:41 UTC
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Two Ways To Re­duce Un­hap­piness That Comes From Dis­torted Views of Reality

Anne Hsu8 Jun 2023 17:43 UTC
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Co­her­ence Ther­apy with LLMs—quick demo

Chipmonk14 Aug 2023 3:34 UTC
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I bet ev­ery­one 1000€ that I can make them dra­mat­i­cally hap­pier & cure their de­pres­sion in 3 months!

Anton Rodenhauser4 Jun 2023 12:30 UTC
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Pro­gram­ming an IFS for al­ter­nate uses

SilverFlame29 Apr 2023 0:25 UTC
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Dice De­ci­sion Making

Bart Bussmann10 Mar 2023 13:01 UTC
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What fuels your am­bi­tion?

Cissy31 Jan 2024 18:30 UTC
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A Clearer Think­ing tool that teaches you to use In­ter­nal Fam­ily Sys­tems concepts

spencerg28 Apr 2023 13:42 UTC
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[Question] Us­ing ChatGPT for mem­ory re­con­soli­da­tion?

warrenjordan13 Apr 2023 1:27 UTC
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The nat­u­ral bound­aries be­tween people

Chipmonk23 Feb 2024 1:09 UTC
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