Parts are natural divisions in the psyche, sometimes called subpersonalities. You can think of parts as little people inside you. Each has its own perspective, beliefs, feelings, memories, and motivations. You may have heard of the "inner critic" and the "inner child," the most famous of our parts. But these are simple concepts that only begin to touch on the richness and complexity of our inner life. Our inner family may include a lonely baby, a wise mentor, an angry child, a stern mother, a calm meditator, a magician, a happy animal, a closed-off protector, and so on. Each part gets activated at certain times. Some of our parts are in pain, and others want to protect us from feeling that pain. Some parts perform roles that are healthy and functional.
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