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Dear Readers of PARTS & SELF,

We begin here a list of journalistic web links to substantial and interesting pieces in the media about IFS in all manner of presentations.

Substantial means an article, not just a paragraph.

Interesting might mean intriguing content beyond the standard presentation those familiar with IFS basics might take for granted. It also can mean a basic primer appearing in an interesting place: i.e. a prestigious, powerful, controversial or unusual location.

If you spot something not already on this ever-growing list that you would enjoy sharing with others, please do email the link, for inclusion on this page, to:

Thanks for your contribution!

Here’s our first one (most recent appears at the top):

Articles on IFS in the media

Los Angeles Times, Dec 19, 2023

Unpacking Internal Family Systems, a nonpathologizing approach to therapy

Articles on the recent rise in therapy in society (in order of most recent first)


The Guardian, December 29, 2023

‘Psychoanalysis has returned’: why 2023 brought a new Freud revival

The New Yorker, December 23, 2023 (paywall after certain number of articles read)

When Philosophers Become Therapists

The New York Times, October. 21, 2023

Climate Change Is Keeping Therapists Up at Night – How anxiety about the planet’s future is transforming the practice of psychotherapy.

The Guardian, August 20, 2023

‘That’s triggering!’ Is therapy-speak changing the way we talk about ourselves?

The New York Times, March 22, 2023 (paywall)

Not Your Daddy’s Freud
A new generation of analysts and patients is embracing the father of psychoanalysis – in magazines and memes and many hours on the couch.

The New York Times, Feb 11, 2023 (paywall)

How the Language of Therapy Took Over Dating
In a time when emotional maturity is highly desirable, almost everyone is “doing the work.”

The New Yorker, March 26, 2021 (paywall after certain number of articles read)

The Rise of Therapy-Speak – How a language got off the couch and into the world.

Substack (Erik Torenberg), Feb 1, 2021

The Rise of Therapy Culture
The implications of shifting truth from external to the internal

Articles critical of rise of therapy in society

The Telegraph, July 30, 2023 (paywall)

The damaging rise in therapy-speak‘ Respecting boundaries’ used to mean not trespassing on a stranger’s lawn. Now, it’s a phrase used to control other’s behaviour

Vogue UK, July 18, 2022

Therapy Dialect Is A Thing Right Now – But Could It Be Toxic?

Articles about IFS and spirituality

Psychology Today, February 25, 2024

The Expansive Influence of Internal Family Systems Therapy
Confessions of a pantheist, by Martha Sweezy

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    PARTS & SELF is an online, multimedia, open access magazine, published by the Foundation for Self Leadership, since October 2022.

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