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The Ego states
Transcript of The Ego states
Parent Ego state
'a set of feelings, attitudes and behaviour patterns which resemble those of a parental figure'
(Berne 1961, p.75)
Taken in whole, without processing, as the child perceives the parent to be
Creation of Parent Ego state
To create an internal dialogue
Loss of a person
creation of image
of significant other
To bond with the parent intrapsychically
To safely conflict with parent over unmet needs
The Child Ego state
'characterised by a set of feelings, attitudes and behavioural patterns which are relics of the individual's own childhood' (Berne 1961, p77)
Perceiving the world externally, as well as feelings and needs internally as how one has done during earlier developmental stages
Child Ego State
A lack of contact
Entire personality of child at time of fixation
Try to get the unmet need met
Why are you neglecting me?
Because you are not good enough
The Ego States
'This is me' and 'This is not me'
3 years old
Adult Ego State
'characterized by an autonomous set of feelings, attitudes and behaviour patterns which are adapted to the current reality’( Berne 1961, p.76)
The Adult Ego
‘The full neopsychic capacities of an individual without the intrapsychic control of introjected parent or archaic child ego states’ (Erskine, 2002 p.3)
Having access to all capabilities, memories and experiences of the Child and Parent Ego states,
Woollams & Brown: 'computing data and making assessments logically and essentially without feeling’ (1979 p. 17)
Steiner:‘impassionate computer’(1974 p42)
Without Introjection or Fixation
Child Ego state
Parent Ego state
Why are you never there
Because you are unimportant
How do I respond to this?
Like I do; with shame
1 year old
2 year old
English 1977, p.288