The Mosaic Mind: Empowering the Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors

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As a window into the human psyche, the authors use one abuse survivor's extraordinary journal entries, in which her inner dialogues are dramatically revealed. This survivor (a legal client of the first author and a therapy client of the second author) takes the reader on a remarkable odyssey. Her narrative brings the IFS model to life. Reading her story we learn how the human psyche overcomes even the most severe traumas and emotional injuries. From the IFS perspective, the survivor's symptoms - the inability to ...
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Overview

As a window into the human psyche, the authors use one abuse survivor's extraordinary journal entries, in which her inner dialogues are dramatically revealed. This survivor (a legal client of the first author and a therapy client of the second author) takes the reader on a remarkable odyssey. Her narrative brings the IFS model to life. Reading her story we learn how the human psyche overcomes even the most severe traumas and emotional injuries. From the IFS perspective, the survivor's symptoms - the inability to trust anyone, the compulsive self-soothing or self-punishment, the pervasive sense of shame and badness, the hidden rage - are all seen not as symptoms of psychopathology, but as heroic efforts by warring subpersonalities to protect the core Self from the destructive effects of the abuse. The authors provide guidelines for accessing this core Self, undamaged in even the most severely abused individuals. With the Self in the lead, survivors can release their parts from extreme roles and restore the internal system to its natural state of balance and harmony. The authors present revolutionary psychological theories that bring unfaltering hope to survivors of abuse. This illuminating, pioneering book opens a new world of understanding for all students of the human psyche.

Discusses the concept of a core self, through which abused survivors can restore the internal system to a natural state

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The authors provide ground-breaking insights into the inner world of childhood sexual abuse survivors, and into the operation of the psyche in general. They demonstrate the relevance of Schwartz's internal family systems model of a healthy personality composed of multiple parts to abuse survivors using one woman's journal entries as she contacts different subpersonalities of her core Self in her therapy. They offer therapists guidelines for accessing patients' core Self, and discuss survivor-therapist issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393701784
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. I Theory and Principles
1 A Systems Model of Multiplicity 3
2 A Mosaic Consciousness 16
3 The Multiplicity Continuum 32
4 A Systemic View of the Multiple Psyche: A Moving Mosiac 60
5 The Self as System Leader 77
6 Three Groups of Parts 109
Pt. II Treatment Issues and Techniques
7 Guidelines for Working with the Internal System 135
8 Eliciting Parts 149
9 Differentiating the Self 162
10 Depolarizing 172
11 Disarming Firefighters 179
12 Disarming Managers 197
13 Retrieving Exiled Child-Parts 210
Pt. III Special Challenges in Therapy with Survivors
14 Trust 245
15 Self-Destructive Behavior 256
16 Badness, Shame, and the Search for Redemption 269
17 Inability to Feel 291
Pt. IV Survivor-Therapist Relationship Issues
18 Sexual Issues in the Therapeutic Relationship 309
19 Reactions of Therapist's Parts to Work with Survivors 315
20 Epilogue
References
Index
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