The Drama of Life Scripts

All the World's a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances :

Each man in his time plays many parts Shakespeare

Most people are involved in some form of theatrics, performing on several stages for different audiences. At times, the audience exists only in the mind.

According to Frederick Perls, each person has two stages-the private stage where, in the hiddenness of secret thoughts, one continually rehearses for the future, and the public stage where a person's acting can be seen. Perls claims. "We live on two levels-the public level which is out doing, which is observable, verifiable; and the private stage, the thinking stage, the rehearsing stage, on which we prepare for the future roles we want to play"

Rehearsing on the private stage in the mind may sometimes be appropriate, but too much of it leaves a person tuned out and preoccupied.


In the life of every individual the dramatic life events, the roles that are learned, rehearsed, and acted out, are originally determined by a script

A psychological script bears a striking resemblance to a theatrical script. Each has a prescribed cast of characters, dialogue, acts and scenes, themes and plots, which move toward a climax and end with a final curtain. A psychological scripts is a person's is going with his or her life and the path that will lead there. It is a drama an individual compulsively acts out, through one's awareness of it may be vague.

A person's script may resemble a soap opera, a wild adventure, a tragedy, a saga, a farce, a romance, a joyful comedy, or a dull play that bores the players and would put an audience to sleep. Different dramas contain varying degrees of constructiveness, destructiveness, or nonproductiveness-going nowhere.

The drama of life starts at birth. Script instructions are programmed into the Child ego state through transactions between parent figures and their children. As children grow they learn to play parts-heroes, heroines, villains, victims, and rescuers and unknowingly-seek others to play complementary roles.

When grown up, people play out their scripts within the context of the society in which they live and which has its own dramatic patterns. As Shakespeare said, all the world is a stage. Individuals follow scripts; families follow scripts; nations follow scripts [3,4]. Each individual's life is a unique drama which can include elements of both family and cultural scripts. The interplay of these script affects the drama of each person's life and thereby unfolds the history of people.




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