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PSYO 3280
Dr.Simon Sherry

Monday, Oct. 29 2012 PSYO 3280 Personality Psychology Studies in Script Theory Carlson Tomkins → Person as a playwright - We as persons have the ability to understand their lives as a playwright would. Their telling a story. It has a certain plot and follows a story-line and has a certain theme. - We are actively constructing a play about our lives. We know what we’re trying to illustrate, but in writing the play we may tweak it a little bit. We tell the story in a way that captures an important essence that we think is worth depicting in the play, and we do this with our own history → Individual constructs particular scripts → Heterogeneity within personality - Believes there are different scripts within ourselves that can develop overtime in different ways, be stronger or weaker than others, and even inconsistent. Sometimes even contradictory with each other. → Scenes: affect(s) + object (s) of affect - Initial, smaller connections of some type of affect or emotion with an object. The feeling you have with that object creates a scene, which develops into a larger script. Allow us to respond to the experiences that define us. → Initially: scenes  scripts → Scripts: rules for predicting, interpreting, responding to, controlling experiences - Scripts are at a higher level because they are the rules we extract from scenes that have certain similarity. Are reflective/true of us over time. → Later: scripts  scenes - If you understand yourself and a certain script becomes dominant in your mind, when something happens it may constrict the way you interpret that script and cause it to develop into a difference scene. Types of Scenes  Nuclear Scenes: Urgent and unresolved problems; grow with thought (cognition), feeling(affect), and action (behaviour) - Seem to be a particular dilemma for the person. This scene changes over time. Gets re-told, understood, and acted upon. All three levels allow the scene to grow, modify, and represent you in different ways.  Psychological Magnification : Interconnection (similarity and difference)of affect-laden scenes. Power in growth of traumatic experience (not mere existence/repetition) - A certain scene is connected to other scenes (that are imagined or real) and start seeing these scenes that have similarities are a defining part of who you are. The initial nuclear scene, if it is emotion-laden, grows not because it happened or because you’re repeating it to your-self, but because there is power within its own growth.  Personality Development: Formation, growth, or decline of scenes and scripts. - Development is a result of the change in these scripts. They grow through magnification and can decline if, for some reason, another scene or script takes dominance
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