Saw this back then. It was HUGE, although at the time, I just liked it. Watched it with my grandmother. Good stuff.

Saw this back then. It was HUGE, although at the time, I just liked it. Watched it with my grandmother. Good stuff.

 

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Prior to that, a copy of “Games People Play” sat on the back of our toilet, along with other similar books my grandmother and mom were reading, (probably “I’m Ok, You’re Ok”, or “Scripts People Live” – that sort of thing and I’d read through it as sitting on the throne was boring.

I learned about Transactional Analysis, although I didn’t know that was its name, and when Campbell’s Bill Moyers came out, TA dovetailed nicely into Mythology and I saw human behavior as recreations of movie scripts – which are modern retellings of myths.

In the 30 yrs since, this view of human behavior never lets me down and I observe whether someone seems to be speaking with their authentic voice or just reading from an old script they unconsciously memorized.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Games_People_Play_(book)

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In 1990/1, I took some child psychology courses, including one on playground mythology (basically, memes passed on by moms, entertainment (superheroes) and on playgrounds among kids). Inspired, I found this book at the college bookstore.

It has cartoon panels of “scripts”: how to rephrase what you say for better outcomes. It’s basically “how to talk to people by active listening.”… and I think today it’s part of “Nonviolent Communication”, which takes the same kinds of notions. {NVC is commonly taught to prisoners to help with anger management and avoiding conflicts, although NVC can be a little stiff and formal).

All in the same vein: Myths are screenplays and you can rewrite screenplays – modify myths – create your own – by finding suitable pieces and putting it together in a way that works, modifying as needed.

How effective is it? Well, critical thinking is wrapped up in all of this as is self-reflection of one’s own projection.

Could it be used abusively? Indeed it can but any abuse of it can be dismantled in the right conversational environment.

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