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Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts

Discovering Your True Self Through Internal Family Systems Therapy
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Explore your multifaceted mind - an invitation to personal healing and spiritual awakening

Inside each of us, there are many distinct selves. “Though we’ve been raised to believe that healthy people have a single ‘self’”, explains Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, “acknowledging our multiplicity gives a far deeper awareness of how our minds actually work.” Dr. Schwartz’s pioneering Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy has become renowned in psychotherapy for its power to help us connect with and heal the many distinct facets - or parts - of our psyche. With Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts, he brings you a practical training course for using this method for your growth, well-being, and especially your spiritual journey. 

Embracing your inner diversity as a path to wholeness

One of the key lessons of IFS therapy is that there are no bad parts. “Trauma or life experience can cause our parts to take on burdens”, says Dr. Schwartz. “Yet when we bring the spiritual values of curiosity, gratitude, and kindness to these burdened parts, we discover incredible opportunities for healing and awakening.” Through instruction and guided meditations, Dr. Schwartz shows us how to engage even the most disturbing or unwanted parts of our psyche with openness and love - so we may unlock the hidden gifts and wisdom each part contains. 

Many forms of therapy and even spiritual practice inadvertently put us in conflict with ourselves as we try to transcend or reject our parts. With Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts, Dr. Schwartz invites you to embrace each of your many parts with self-compassion - and discover the inclusive greater Self that is your true, divine nature. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2018 Richard C. Schwartz (P)2018 Sounds True

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Amazing!

I truly enjoyed listening to and learning about IFS. I will continue on with training in IFS. I appreciated the gentle and approachable style of Dr. Schwartz. I'm hoping more IFS titles will become accessible on audible. Congrats on #Audible1!
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  • Yanina Sarquis Adamson
  • 2018-11-19

Exceptional

The theory of this book rings so true. Being one of the most practical psychology books I have ever read, Schwartz asks you the right questions and pauses so that you can think about the answer. And the answers come, true and effortless. I will never think about myself as having only one self again. Your parts speak to you, and with the help of Schwartz, you can begin to listen. Cannot recommend this book enough!

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  • Viclamm
  • 2019-04-27

Confused - workbook/questions not included

I purchased this and assumed that the pdf that was attached would have the workbook with the questions, but it does not. Dr. Schwartz refers to questions that we should be asking ourselves during the activity, but there are no questions to look at. I'm wondering if they uploaded that single paged outline in error.

Don't buy unless you have the workbook.

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  • Becca Powell
  • 2019-08-24

I love IFS, but didn't love the book

This isn't intended as a slam on the author. His brilliance was perhaps not optimally represented in the book. I can't really fault him for all the science shunning comments, given the state of science and research in the behavioral sciences during the time frame when he was developing IFS, but the book has a victim-oriented valence and I found some difficulty continuing to listen. Despite the fact that the author has made unique contributions to the field, in the book as his contributions are presented, he seems to overestimate the uniqueness of his method, and even though I would be surprised if this were actually the case, he gives the impression of being a someone who didn't do his homework when it comes to the updates in Neuroscience that support his methods. I actually prefer hearing about his contributions from other people rather than from him. his presentation of the model has this reified, dogmatic edge to it.

It's cool to hear from the originator, but candidly, I'd have preferred to hear perhaps a shorter segment from him in some adjunctive portion of somebody else's book who presents with a little more vigor and with a clear-headed attitude toward updated neuroscience - whether he's explaining more of the history of the method or guiding person through the experiential exercises.

None of the above is meant to dissuade a person from reading the book per se. If you want to make sure your way of using IFS in clinical practice or for your own self-help is in line with the spirit of the model as it was originally created, this is a great way to do it. In that regard, the book was kind of validating. If you are already a capable and mindful practitioner, you'll probably find that your intuitive applications of the method are in line with what the creator / author presents here. It is also potentially useful to hear this book to avoid overcomplicating or missing out on the actual spirit of the IFS modality.

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  • 2019-01-14

Loved it!

This is the most important book I have read so far. :) I'll expand on this at a later time.

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  • Caroline
  • 2019-01-31

Could Not Handle the Author’s Voice

Well written and very interesting, but the voice is just a not a good fit at all for an audiobook.

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  • Sage Huseas
  • 2019-10-08

Helpful ways to gain a better relationship with self

Dr Schwartz practices what he preaches and it is evident in his work. These meditations and explanations will help form a foundation of how to engage with parts of yourself in helpful ways, creating healing and harmony within.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-28

Guided meditations didn't work for me

This is my preference, obviously, but I find that I can't tune into my inner thoughts, feelings, images, urges, etc., all while listening to someone talking at me. I need to do this work in total silence. So while the info was helpful, the meditations were not.

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  • Lisa
  • 2019-09-17

best new therapy out there

As a therapist I'm always looking for new ways to help my clients. This is one of the best therapeutic frameworks for clients to heal childhood trauma that I've found. Can't wait to get trained in IFS myself!

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  • Ms. R. McMahon
  • 2019-08-18

Transformational

Love IFS! and Dick is a humble and inspiring discoverer and guide of the landscape of our internal world and has enabled life changing transformation in my own and my family's lives...

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  • liberte_cherie
  • 2019-07-03

Great practical guide

The model developed by Dick Schwartz is incredibly powerful. And this audiobook provides an easy approach of this model. But what made this book incredibly useful for me is the multitude of guided meditations, which provided practical paths to parts discovery and dialogue. This helped me go from a theoretical understanding of the model to the beginning of its embodiment.