Assagioli, Roberto, M.D.
- Psychosynthesis - A Collection of Basic Writings; Synthesis Center
Publishing, Amherst, MA, 2000. First published in 1965. Assagioli was a
contemporary of Freud and Jung, and founded a type of therapy described by
the book title and practiced by many clinicians today.
(Schwartz, below) adds
concepts to psychosynthesis.
Beahrs, J. O., M.D. -
and Multiplicity - Multilevel Consciousness of Self in Hypnosis, Psychiatric
Disorder, and Mental Health; Brunner/Mazel, New York, NY; 1982. This is
out of print, and worth searching for.
Berne, Dr. Eric -
People Play - The Psychology of Human Relationships; Ballentine
Books reprint, 1996. This book introduced the concept of Parent / Adult /
Child and Transactional Analysis in 1964. It's current availability
testifies to the enduring relevance of Berne's ideas about personality parts
and the relationship "games" they cause us to play. See
Steiner below, who extends Berne's ideas.
Branden, Nathaniel -
Disowned Self; Bantam Books, 1973. Out of print, and worth finding.
Branden was best known as an expert on raising self esteem ("The Six Pillars
of Self Esteem") - i.e. healing the psychological wound of excessive
Chase, Trudi ("the Troops") -
Rabbit Howls; Jove Books, New York, NY; 1987 A stunning, courageous,
real-life chronicle by the subselves of a woman recovering from multiple
personality trauma. This illustrates the extreme form of inner-family
chaos in action.
Crabtree, Adam G. -
Explorations In Possession and Multiple Personality; 2nd ed. Somerville
House Books, 1997.
and Rowan, John., Eds. -
Plural Self - Multiplicity in Everyday Life; SAGE Publications;
London, Thousand Oaks, CA; 1999. This is a seminal collection of the
writings of many international clinicians, anthropologists, and sociologists
who have researches and explored the human "multiplicity" trait -
the natural neural/hormonal ability to dissociate, and form fragmented
personalities. One article suggests that Americans are more prone to
personality fragmenting because of their lifestyle and values than other cultures.
Gallwey, W. Timothy -
Inner Game of Tennis; Random House, New York, NY; revised 1997; A clear,
well-received lay book applying Zen principles to tennis. Gallwey
describes the often conflictual interplay between "Self 1 - the teller"
and "Self two: the Do-er."
The latter is what this site calls the
Goulding, Regina A. J.D.,
and Schwartz, Richard C., Ph.D. -
Mosaic Mind - Empowering the Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors;
Norton Professional Books, New York, NY; 1995. Lay readers can glean the
main message of this clear, factual book. It goes well beyond theory
by offering annotated excerpts from the diary of a significantly-wounded
woman, as she heals. Nine-page single-spaced bibliography of references.
I studied with Schwartz and a group of colleagues for two nine-month externships
Grof, Christine, and Grof, Stanislav., M.D. -
Stormy Search for Self - A Guide to Personal Growth Through
Transformational Crisis; Jeremy P. Tarcher/Perigee Books, Los
Angeles, CA; 1990
Hilgard, Ernest R. -
Consciousness: Multiple Controls in Human Thought and Action; John Wiley
& Sons, New York, NY; 1979
Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model;
by Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, LMFT;
2001; Trailhead Publications, Oak Park, IL, 60302.
This reader-friendly book is by the veteran clinical
psychologist and teacher who has introduced the idea of an
inner-family of personality subselves, based on many other
clinical researchers and his own professional experience for
more than two decades.
I highly recommend
this book for lay readers and clinicians, and Schwartz's
several other related publications. See this related
Web site for
more perspective, options, and materials.
Johnson, Robert A. -
Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth;
Harper, San Francisco, CA; 1986. This is a clear, non-clinical guide to
understanding and using two techniques to help meet your inner subselves
and learn what they need you (your Self) to know.
Lowen, Alexander, M.D. -
- Denial of the True Self; Collier-McMillan, New York, NY; 1985. This
respected, veteran psychiatrist wrote this just as multiple personality and
related dissociative phenomena were gaining professional and lay credence
Masterson, James F. - "The
Search for the Real Self - Unmasking the Personality Disorders of Our
Age; the Free Press, New York, NY; paperback, 1988. Veteran
psychoanalyst Masterson writes clearly and compellingly of the creation of
false selves from "abandonment depression" during the first 3 years of life. The bulk of the book explains and sketches related defenses
and (psychoanalytic) treatment for Borderline and
disorders, based on his theory of personality fragmenting, and
and inflated egos.
Written before commonplace multiplicity gained clinical acceptance. Well
worth reading, even if you're not a Freudian.
Rowan, John -
- The People Within Us; Routledge, London and New York, NY; 1995.
Written for clinically-oriented lay readers. The depth and scope of Rowan's
research on, and experience with, subselves shine through. Curiously, he
skirts the question of who's in charge of our subpersonalities.
McArthur, Dorothea S., Ph.D. -
of a Self in Adulthood; Jason Aronson, Inc., Northvale, NJ, London; 1996
Ornstein, Robert -
Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY; 1986. An early classic; out of print.
Satir, Virginia -
Many Faces, Celestial Arts, Berkeley, CA; 1978. This book's
availability two decades after initial publishing signals its appeal and
Schwartz, Richard C.; Ph.D.;
Family Systems Therapy; Guilford Press, New York, NY; 1995. Schwartz
has researched and practices the subject for almost 20 years. He writes
clearly on applying proven family-systems therapeutic principles to
identifying, organizing, and healing chaotic personality parts. His
bibliography is five pages of small-type entries spanning dozens of researchers
and clinical writers. I studied with Schwartz and a group of colleagues
for two nine-month externships in Chicago.
Shapiro, S. B. -
Selves Inside You, Explorations Institute, Berkeley, CA; 1976
Out of print.
Sliker, Gretchen. -
Mind; Healing the Split in Psyche and World; Shambhala, Boston, MA.; 1992.
Therapist Sliker writes about subpersonalities lucidly, from experience and
study of the pioneering works of Carl Jung and Roberto Assagioli. Assagioli
helped found a kind of subself therapy called psychosynthesis.
Steiner, Claude M.
People Live - Transactional Analysis of Life Scripts; Grove Press
reprint, (New York), 1990. Though his concepts and terms are different, much
of what Steiner writes is about personality parts and their effects on
relationships and life satisfaction. See also "Games People Play,"
by Dr. Eric Berne.
Stone, Hal, Ph.D.;
and Winkleman, Sidra, Ph.D.;
Our Selves - the Voice Dialogue Manual; New World Library, San
Rafael, CA; 1989. An intriguing introduction to understanding and responding
to the many voices within us. Their excellent related books Embracing
Each Other and Embracing Your Inner Critic are based on the ideas
in this volume.
Watkins, John. G. -
We, the Divided Self; Irvington, New York, NY; 1982
Watkins, J. G.,
and Watkins, H.
H. - Theory and Practice of Ego-state Therapy: a Short-term Therapeutic
Approach," in H. Grayson (ed.)
Term Approaches to Psychotherapy; Human Sciences Press;
Watkins, Mary -
Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogs;
Inc. reprinted 2000.
Also scan this
larger reading list for lay