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IIC 127: Understanding Borderline Personalities through Internal Family Systems


(Please note that sound effects are used in this episode and may be triggering to parts.)

In this episode, we discuss how switching among parts in charge of the internal system is a central feature of borderline personality.  These switches involve not only emotions, but nearly all internal experience, so they are not merely transient mood states.  I explain Internal Family Systems – parts, systems, and innermost self.  Next, we discuss exiles, managers, and firefighters, and how they all interact inside of Tina in a difficult interaction with her fiancé, walking through how all the DSM-5 criteria could be illustrated and explained through IFS concepts of parts and systems.

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