- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press; 2nd edition (31 Dec. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802132103
- ISBN-13: 978-0802132109
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Scripts People Live: Transactional Analysis of Life Scripts Paperback – 31 Dec 1990
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What is interesting is that it does make clear arguments and uses a story telling device to illustrate points. Although, for the more advanced reader some of the stories do go on a little bit and verge on condecending, but I will forgive this as the author is clearly making an effort to make a complex subject accessable to all - not just Psychology students and Therapists.
If you are new to TA, I would recommend going for 'I'm OK, you're OK' and 'The Games people play' first as this book draws on these heavily and does help with context.
All of these models and systems are open to interpretation and criticism and my personal opinion is to keep an open mind and don't believe everything you read. That aside, I found many aspects of this book interesting, especially being a parent.
The idea that children pick a character from a very young age to identify with, and then follow some kind of script based on these early beliefs for the rest of their lives is a real eye opener - what if they pick a hopeless, helpless or troubled character? It certainly makes you think about why people seem to get into the same kinds of situations over and over again, and more importantly, what experiences your young children are having right now.
As with all good advice, many things will sound familiar, but having them spelt out is a useful tool to be able to recognise them more easily.
In the book, "Discounting" can be read as ignoring, but it is far more subtle than I thought: a child (or adult) says something, and the respondent comes back with a lame or bulls*** answer without actually listening or acknowledging the point. I notice it all the time now. A child is accused of being difficult or misbehaving because he/she has lost/broken something, whilst the parent says "don't cry, I'll get you a better one". In reality, the child is genuinely and understandably upset, yet the parent doesn't care about the loss, and just wants to shut the child up. I've made this mistake myself, but after reading this book I became much more aware.
The book goes much deeper into other types of discounting and much more and it may lead to addiction, madness or depression. Again accept or reject, but I'm sure you'll find it interesting either way.
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Still able to read but badly written on a lot of the pages when sold as unmarkedPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found it hard to get into this book - the style of writing! However, the information is extremely interesting and I have been able to utilise what I've learned in my work.Published 12 months ago by Von
Fascinating read. You will think differently about your friendships and acquaintances after reading this book...Published 13 months ago by Rebecca