Internal Family Systems applied to the U.S. of A.

“The United States carries a variety of legacy burdens, some brought by early Europeans and some gathered as the country developed. We believe that the following legacy burdens are linked and have been particularly instrument in shaping the nature of exiling in this country.

Racism: Used to justify the genocide of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans, who were abducted from their homes.

Patriarchy: Sprang from European and eligious roots.

Individualism: Produced by the survival struggles of pioneers, individualism fosters contempt for vulnerability and a belief that failure is a personal fault.

Materialism: Produced in part by the economic and physical hardships suffered by immigrants to the American continent, it is no doubt made worse by the routine, threatening cycles of financial boom and bust that typify capitalist economies.

(from Internal Family Systems Therapy, 2nd ed., by Richard C. Schwartz and Martha Sweezy)

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