book recommendation, internal family sytem, psychology/therapy?, plurality
A while ago I read a book called "Internal Family Systems Therapy" by Richard Schwartz. He combines ideas from family therapy and system theory of psychology to view an individuum as system of sub-personalities. The cool thing is, that this view is applied to anyone, whether diagnosed in some way or not.
Essentially, an individuum is viewed as a system of sub-personalities that can take roles that fill a certain function for the system. The "managers" keep the system running and protect the vulnerable "exiles" from dangers. The "firefighers" start to intervene, when an exile is upset. More info here:
There is more recent work and development on IFS. J. Earley seemed to have written more outside therapeutical contexts, but I haven't followed that lead yet.
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