Internal Family Systems

Applied to Dice Decision Making by Bart Bussmann 9mo ago

Internal Family Systems, or IFS, is a Freudian-family therapy-descended model of the psyche and psychotherapy method based on the idea that the mind is split between parts called exiles, managers, and firefighters. Therapy consists of methods for allowing these parts to "talk" to each other so, for example, exiles can be reintegrated.

WikipediaBuilding up to an Internal Family Systems model asoffers a more thorough introduction to the IFS model.

Applied to Preparing for ambition by Adam Zerner 2y ago

Yeah, subagents is the general idea of modeling the mind in terms of independent agents, but IFS is a more specific theory of what kinds of subagents there are. E.g. my sequence has a post about understanding System 1 and System 2 in terms of subagents, while IFS doesn't really have anything to say about that.

For a related technique developed by CFAR, see Internal Double Crux. Rather than thinking of the mind as an entity with one set of goals and beliefs, IFS includes many independently acting components, each of which might have varying goals and beliefs; see subagents for the more general form of this idea.

Applied to City of Lights by Kaj_Sotala 3y ago