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The theory of script was developed by Eric Berne and his Co-workers, notably Claude Steiner, in the mid 1960’s. The concept of script has grown in importance as a part of TA theory, until now it ranks with the ego state model as a central idea of TA.

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  • 1.Life script Definition

2. Prepared By Manu Melwin Joy Research Scholar School of Management Studies CUSAT, Kerala, India. Phone 9744551114 Mail manu_melwinjoy@yahoo.com Kindly restrict the use of slides for personal purpose. Please seek permission to reproduce the same in public forms and presentations. 3. Introduction You have written your own life story. You began writing it at birth. By the time you were four years old, you had decided on the essential details of the plot. As seven, you had completed your story in all its main details. 4. Introduction From then until you were about twelve years of age, you polish it up and added a few extras here and there. In adolescence, you revise your story updating it with more real life characters. 5. Introduction Like all stories, your life story has a beginning, a middle and an end. It has its heroes, heroines, villains, stooges and walk on characters. It has its main theme and sub plots. It may be comic or tragic, enthralling or boring, inspiring or inglorious. 6. Activity Suppose of now, that you have indeed written the story which is your own life. What is the title of the story? What kind of story is it? (Happy/Sad/Tragic/comic) In a few sentence, describe the closing scene of your story. 7. Life script The theory of script was developed by Eric Berne and his Co-workers, notably Claude Steiner, in the mid 1960s. The concept of script has grown in importance as a part of TA theory, until now it ranks with the ego state model as a central idea of TA. 8. Definition Life script is an unconscious life plan. Eric Berne Principles of Group Treatment 9. Definition A life plan made in childhood, reinforced by parents, justified by subsequent events, and culminating in a chosen alternative. Eric Berne What do you say after you say hello 10. Details of definition Script is a life plan. Script is directed towards a payoff. Script is decisional. Script is reinforced by parents. Script is outside awareness. Reality is redefined to justify the script. 11. Script is a life plan The notion that peoples grown up life patterns are affected by childhood experience is central to TA. Script theory suggests that child lays down a specific plan for her life, rather than simply a general view of the world. This life plan is laid out in the form of a drama, with a clear cut beginning, middle and end. 12. Script is directed towards a payoff When the young child writes his life drama, he writes the closing scene (Payoff) as an integral part of it. All the other parts of the plot, from the opening scene onwards, are then planned to lead up to this final scene. We are unawarely choosing behavior which will bring us closer to our script payoff. 13. Script is decisional Child decides upon the life plan. Even different children brought up in same environment may decide upon quite different life plans. The childs script decisions are not made in the deliberate thinking way which we associate with adult decision making. 14. Script is reinforced by parents From childs earliest days, parents are giving her messages, on the basis of which she forms conclusion about herself, others and world. These script messages are verbal and non verbal. They form the framework in response to which the childs main script decisions are made. 15. Script is outside awareness In grownup life, the nearest we come to a memory of our earliest years is in dreams and fantasies. Unless we take time to work with and discover our script, we are likely to remain unaware of the early decision we made, even though we may be living them out in our behavior. 16. Reality is redefined to justify the script We interpret reality in our own frame of reference to justify our script decisions. We do this because, in our child ego state, we may perceive any threat to our script based view of the world as a threat to the satisfaction of our needs or even a threat to our survival. 17. Thank You 18. Other TA topics available on slideshare 1. Strokes - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/strokes-24081607. 2. Games People Play - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/psychological- games-people-play. 3. Structural Analysis - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/the-ego-state-model. 4. What is TA? - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/what-ta-is 5. Cycles of Development - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/cycles-of- developement-pamela-levin-transactional-analysis. 6. Stages of Cure - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/stages-of-cure. 7. Transactions - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/transactions-33677298. 8. Time Structuring - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/time-structuring. 9. Life Position - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/life-position. 10. Autonomy - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/autonomy-33690557. 11. Structural Pathology - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/structural-pathology. 12. Game Analysis - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/game-analysis-33725636. 13. Integrated Adult - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/integrated-adult. 14. Stroke Economy - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/stroke-economy- 33826702.