I would suggest there are two discrete sub groups in this personality type
As any child therapist knows the ‘client’ is the child and the parent child relationship. They are a package deal.
Of course it works the other way as well. “Good” belief systems are also resilient and resistant to change.
This provides an interesting insight into introjection in this instance. She hasn’t introjected what I have said but instead introjected my voice sound and quality. Then she has applied that introjected voice to her own words.
People are adding new introjections to their Parent ego state continuously through out life as part of normal psychological functioning.
Listening to a person talk about how they cut self is stress producing for most people including therapists. The therapist needs to be clear they do not fall into subtly pressuring the client into making the contract due to their own anxieties.
The magical thinking about suicide is that it can result in a relief from one’s pain.
I personally disagree with this. In my view humans are naturally communal beings and we need (are dependent) on others at least to some degree.
In reality there are as many personality types as there are people on this planet, over 6 billion.
Since that time the work on this concept has continued and the demon like qualities that can also be found in the archetype of Lillith, are applicable to more people but in less pure form as described here.
A game can then be viewed as an unsophisticated attempt by the person to repair self by bringing unconscious material to the surface.
Really the only solution is to change from negative strokes to positive strokes but negative strokes always have more potency than positive strokes.
If one can get beyond all the negativity about the Schiffs and begin to use these ideas in working with non psychotics they provide interesting treatment options and approaches.
A psychological game is a repetitive, unconscious pattern of self destructive behaviour played out in a relationship.
“When I phone you for an appointment I usually feel quite anxious and despairing. As soon as I have made the appointment it all goes away and I feel fine. Then I think I don’t need to go and see you.”
This part of the personality is engaged with things like the Harry Potter stories. It can also be found in Batman with characters like the Penguin and the Joker. They are presented as mischievous, irreverent and yet appealing characters.
Introjection involves a person ingesting or taking in the other person’s personality into their Parent ego state such that it becomes part of them.
Transactional analysis theory of strokes is central to the basics of the theory
Characteristics of drivers in the life script
The same testing behaviour can happen in the therapeutic relationship. Any client is already in a vulnerable and emotionally open position in therapy. Or at least that is what will have to happen soon for the person to benefit from the therapy, or little will be achieved.
If the child never resolves its state of primary narcissism then it will never adopt one of these five positions and remains as I+U? or I-U?, which is typical of the narcissistic, borderline and some anti social personalities.
The final script payoff is of particular note. As people move into their 40s, 50s and 60s the final script payoff becomes much more obvious. We all have a life script and are all heading down that path through life to its inevitable conclusion.
The goal of experimental use is to experiment and find out what this thing called cannabis feels like. Once they have used a few times they have experimented and thus the reason disappears.