IIC 127: Understanding Borderline Personalities through Internal Family Systems


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.