We all have different parts. Part of me loves when it gets colder outside and a part of me really wants it to stay warm. Part of me likes to stay busy and a part of me likes to sit on the couch and do nothing.

These parts relate to each other internally. Sometimes one part really hates another part. My exercise part doesn't like my cookie eating part.

The parts also relate to our friend's, partner's, and children's. My extreme organized part doesn't like my wife's messy, chaotic part.

Besides parts, we also have a core, a self. This is the place inside us that carries compassion, curiosity, caring- a lot of "c" words. It can be thought of as our soul, or our spirit. It connects us to all other living things and people.

So what does this have to do with therapy or understanding how to live a better life?

Knowing these parts and helping them know the self leads to more internal harmony. Finding the self's compassion for our vulnerable parts, our extreme parts, our obsessive parts and our judgmental parts helps them shift and grow.

Take a look at the Center for Self Leadership for more info on the idea of parts and self.

Stay tuned for more ideas on how to get to know your parts and your self more clearly.