Doom and Gloom Remedies_Abraham Maslow and Eric Berne – 08/06/11

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

For Your Entertainment (FYE)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Maslow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanistic_psychology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Berne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transactional_analysis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Games_People_Play_(book)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-fulfilling_prophecy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_triangle

“In studying accounts of peak experiences, Maslow identified a manner of thought he called “Being-cognition” (or “B-cognition”, which is holistic and accepting, as opposed to the evaluative “Deficiency-cognition” or “D-cognition”) and values he called “Being-values”.[19] He listed the B-values as:

  • WHOLENESS (unity; integration; tendency to one-ness; interconnectedness; simplicity; organization; structure; dichotomy-transcendence; order);
  • PERFECTION (necessity; just-right-ness; just-so-ness; inevitability; suitability; justice; completeness; “oughtness”);
  • COMPLETION (ending; finality; justice; “it’s finished”; fulfillment; finis and telos; destiny; fate);
  • JUSTICE (fairness; orderliness; lawfulness; “oughtness”);
  • ALIVENESS (process; non-deadness; spontaneity; self-regulation; full-functioning);
  • RICHNESS (differentiation, complexity; intricacy);
  • SIMPLICITY (honesty; nakedness; essentiality; abstract, essential, skeletal structure);
  • BEAUTY (rightness; form; aliveness; simplicity; richness; wholeness; perfection; completion; uniqueness; honesty);
  • GOODNESS (rightness; desirability; oughtness; justice; benevolence; honesty);
  • UNIQUENESS (idiosyncrasy; individuality; non-comparability; novelty);
  • EFFORTLESSNESS (ease; lack of strain, striving or difficulty; grace; perfect, beautiful functioning);
  • PLAYFULNESS (fun; joy; amusement; gaiety; humor; exuberance; effortlessness);
  • TRUTH (honesty; reality; nakedness; simplicity; richness; oughtness; beauty; pure, clean and unadulterated; completeness; essentiality).
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY (autonomy; independence; not-needing-other-than-itself-in-order-to-be-itself; self-determining; environment-transcendence; separateness; living by its own laws).

“One historical figure Maslow found to be helpful in his journey to understanding self actualization was Lao Tzu, The Father of Taoism. A tenet of Taoism is that people do not obtain personal meaning or pleasure by seeking material possessions.”

“Intimacy as a way of structuring time allows one to exchange the strongest strokes without playing a Game. Intimacy differs from Games as there is no covert purpose, and differs from Activities as there is no other process going on which defines a context of cooperation. Strokes are personal, relating to the other person, and often unconditional.”

  • “People are OK; thus each person has validity, importance, equality of respect.
  • Everyone (with only few exceptions, such as the severely brain-damaged) has the capacity to think.
  • People decide their story and destiny, therefore these decisions can be changed. “

“Freedom from historical maladaptations embedded in the childhood script is required in order to become free of inappropriate, inauthentic and displaced emotions which are not a fair and honest reflection of here-and-now life (such as echoes of childhood suffering, pity-me and other mind games, compulsive behavior and repetitive dysfunctional life patterns). The aim of change under TA is to move toward autonomy (freedom from childhood script), spontaneity, intimacy, problem solving as opposed to avoidance or passivity, cure as an ideal rather than merely making progress and learning new choices.”

“Here are some of the most commonly found themes of games described in Games People Play by Eric Berne:

  • YDYB: Why Don’t You, Yes But. Historically, the first game discovered.
  • IFWY: If It Weren’t For You
  • WAHM: Why does this Always Happen to Me? (setting up a self-fulfilling prophecy)
  • SWYMD: See What You Made Me Do
  • UGMIT: You Got Me Into This
  • LHIT: Look How Hard I’ve Tried
  • ITHY: I’m Only Trying to Help You
  • LYAHF: Let’s You and Him Fight (staging a love triangle)
  • NIGYYSOB / NIGYSOB: Now I’ve Got You, You Son Of a Bitch
  • RAPO: A woman falsely cries ‘rape’ or threatens to – related to Buzz Off Buster

Berne argued that the logic of games is wholly subjective; one person’s Parent state might interact with another’s Child, rather than as Adult to Adult.”

Big Hugs and Kisses to All!  ;+)

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