A Dialogue on the Multiplicity of Mind
GABOR MATÉ & RICHARD SCHWARTZ
There’s a growing convergence of opinion from a range of disciplines challenging the traditional idea of the unitary personality in favor of the view that each of us actually contains a multiplicity of selves. In this session, two noted clinical practitioners will focus on how what’s often identified as pathology reflects childhood defensive adaptations of some of these selves. Together, they’ll demonstrate how the perspective of inner multiplicity can be used to elicit therapeutic healing, self-awareness, and growth. You’ll explore how to:
- Help clients not overidentify with a single part of themselves, and empower them to move beyond diagnostic labels
- Use the enhanced ability to perceive the workings of one’s mind to achieve greater personal integration
- Examine the distinction between the Self and one’s parts and how it can help clients develop a capacity for Self-leadership and self-regulation
- Recognize the practical similarities and differences between two widely influential models of therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Compassionate Inquiry
Gabor Maté, MD, is the author of four bestselling books, including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts and When the Body Says No. Richard Schwartz, PhD, director of the Center for Self Leadership and originator of the Internal Family Systems therapy model, is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.