Monday, Oct. 29 2012
Studies in Script Theory
→ 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
- 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
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