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Fear of abandonment may be what is causing abandonment.

Updated: Mar 30

Yes, that's right. In Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, we understand that our psyche is made up of different parts, and each part has its own function and perspective. When a person experiences a traumatic event like abandonment, a part of them may form to protect them from experiencing that pain again. This protective part may cause them to avoid situations or people that could potentially lead to abandonment, even if those situations or people are safe.

However, as you mentioned, this part may not be aware of the downside of its protective actions. It may cause the person to miss out on opportunities for connection and intimacy, which can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

IFS therapy aims to help individuals understand and work with their different parts to achieve greater self-awareness and healing. By recognizing and acknowledging the protective part's concerns, the person can begin to work with it to find ways to feel safe while also being open to new experiences and relationships.


FS therapy session for healing abandonment issues

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