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Unblending Parts of Self

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Returning to the Internal Family System model it is important to recall how parts/disowned selves/roles, their development is always specific to an individual’s temperament and interpretation of their personal experience.

For example, exile parts digest negative messages which began to form in our earliest thoughts about ourselves and the world around us. These wounds or burdens then form parts of our core personalities.

We are not always aware of these core aspects. This lack of awareness can cause major problems for us when the formation of these “first” parts becomes isolated from the rest of the internal system.

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Well being Depends On Connections With Others

bigstock-Surreal-Cubist-Eyes-And-Faces-7736887 (1)“The psychological dilemma plaguing most of humanity is that the archetypes live us instead of us living them. Unless we become aware that there are such things as blind forces or archetypes in our unconscious, unless we become cognizant that we are in their grip, we will remain in a state of identity with these blind, unconscious, archetypal forces.” We must wake up to our deeper realities and dynamics if we are going to stop being menaces to ourselves and others.” [i] Eugene Pascal, Jung To Live By (Warner Books, New York, N. Y. 1992) p.89

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We Are More Than The Roles We Endure

bigstock-Surreal-Cubist-Eyes-And-Faces-7736887 (1)“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds”. R.D. Laing Quotation #34029. Classic Quotes.

 

If this is the case,where and how do people access those parts of themselves which have not been recognized and validated? Would recognition of parts give more meaning and freedom of choice to their lives? If society validates us only for the roles we’ve become, where is the outlet with which one might untangle and liberate the potentially deeper meaning and expression of self-states that lie within the human person?

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THE PRIMACY OF ROLE

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If roles within any given culture are what mediates our understanding of and construction of our identity, then roles may be understood functionally as a container or compass for each person to orientate their current position.

For example,it is good to know who is the pilot and who is the passenger.  It would also be good to know who is the inmate and who is the guard (some would argue this example). In this case,inmate and passenger are temporary roles unless the inmate has strongly identified himself/herself with this role.