The Miniscript

by Taibi Kahler, Ph. D. with Hedges Capers, Div.M., LHD.* See also the 1999 addendum by Taibi Kahler.

PURPOSE
The purpose of this article is to present a concept that furthers counterscript [1] theory; defines sequences of not-OKness; focuses on second by second interlocking [2] script behavior [3]. It focuses as well on second by second individual scripty behavior; links second by second behavior with the life script; [4] and finally suggests a theory of specific, transaction by transaction, script transmission.

ASSUMPTIONS
In Games Alcoholics Play Steiner [5], defines the counterscript as "an acquiescence to the cultural and social demands that are transmitted through the Parent". [6] Steiner further reports that since the witch mother or troll father injunctions are more potent than the counterscript, the counterscript never succeeds. When Berne discusses a winner's script in What Do You Say After You Say Hello [7]?, he suggests the basic rule seems to be that such a script payoff comes from the Nurturing Parent through the counterscript slogans: "A nonwinner gets his payoff from the controlling Parent through injunctions. A loser is led down the path to a bad payoff by the provocations and seductions of his parent's crazy Child, which tempts his selfdestructive demons." [8] The Miniscript concept suggests that there are not-OK counterscripts and OK counterscripts. Shulamit Peck, [9] Taibi Kahler, and others have diagrammed two script matrixes (as shown in figure 1).

(An article explaining this idea and elaborating on structural and script analysis has just been

completed.) There are five not-OK counterscript slogans, or drivers, which come from the not-OK Nurturant Parent, or Rescuing part. These counterscript drivers seem to be helpful, but only invite the occurrence of the not-OK script injunction. The five OK counterscript slogans, or allowers, come from the OK Nurturant Parent, or Permission giving part. These counterscript allowers strengthen the OK script injunction and yield a winner, a person who makes his own destiny through authenticity. Capers' belief that all human behavior starts with the Little Professor as the initiator, coupled with Kahler's internal loop concept, yields the following theory of OKness. As Little Fahrquahr is born, he is completely dependent upon Mom and Dad, when they are in their OKness as well as when they are in their not-OKness. Fahrquahr's Little Professor senses that he must someday be more self-sustaining. Mom and Dad charge one or two batteries within him as his life begins. The more OK they are, the more his OK battery will be charged. The more not-OK they come on, the more his not-OK battery will be charged. Each battery must have a certain level charge before it can be used. His Little Professor senses this and starts activating an internal mechanism which will help him have parents with him throughout life; thus the establishment and purpose of the Parent ego state. This ego state functions as a tape recorder to be turned on when necessary. Fahrquahr's Little Professor will survive if he can keep a battery charged up. If Mom and Dad first charge a not-OK battery by discounting and stroking negatively, [10] he is not able to start his own OK battery -- this needs to be done from an external source initially -- so Fahrquahr activates his not-OK Parent tape recorder and beats on himself when Mom and Dad are not around to do it for him. This Parent acts as a generator for charging the battery (see figure 2).

This cycle -- Little Professor, through not-OK battery, to not-OK Parent generator, to notOK battery -- self-perpetuates not-OKness in Fahrquahr's existence. The more positive strokes Mom and Dad give, however, the more Fahrquahr's OK battery gets charged, thus allowing a sequence of self-perpetuating OKness: Little Professor through

game and script analysis. When Fahrquahr decides he cannot take the pain of this searching and Parent beating. [12] . he will seek a discount or negative stroke to get his not-OK battery charged.OK battery.) These apparent internal patterns offer an explanation for acceptance of discounts or strokes going into drivers (discount related) or allowers (positive stroke related). occurring in a matter of minutes or even seconds. The not-OK miniscript is a sequence of not-OK behavior (pathology). that results in the reinforcement of script-free. in order to keep this not-OK battery charged. occurring in a matter of minutes or even seconds that results in the reinforcement of the not-OK life script. thus continuing to perpetuate his life that way. If he does not have sufficient source of energy to charge his OK battery. shut down outside stimuli. (This theory suggests primary internal sequences consistent with the sequence of the miniscript. autonomous behavior. or he will turn off all generators. self-directed. he will risk trying to get his OK battery charged. that results in a reinforcement pattern for life. The OK miniscript is a sequence of OK behavior. and withdraw to death. The Not-OK Miniscript Good therapy has been done and continues to be done working with the script injunctions and with the script payoff. This explanation fits in with the continuum idea of going from loser to non-winner to winner suggested by Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward in Born to Win. occurring in a matter of minutes or even seconds. as well as a tool to be used in treatment. The miniscript is also a concept readily applicable to structural. [11] DEFINITION OF THE MINISCRIPT The miniscript is a sequence of behavior. transactional. through OK Parent generator back to OK battery (see figure 3). Fahrquahr must have some battery going to exist. and his not-OK battery is faltering.

An active Vengeful Child can be seen by games of NIGYSOB or Blemish. For example. Thus.. "You stupid. Procrastination is another passive-aggressive Vengeful Child maneuver. for example. the counterscript driver is not a way out of the script but. so Vengeful Child is reflected in not-OK antiscript behavior: 1) "They may have been living on their counterscript. "I'll show YOU. he believes he is "making mother angry by his Vengeful Child actions. The four parts of the not-OK miniscript are: counterscript drivers. [13] Vengeful Child." a counterscript driver might be "Be perfect" (get all A's). practical jokes. a better and faster tool . As Fahrquahr grows older he will seek people who see the same type of distortions -whether they be friends or spouse. In doing so he spills it by the side of the garbage can onto the lawn (Vengeful Child). they may have been living on their scripts. Just as not-OK rebellion is reflected in Vengeful Child behavior." In order for the child to get out of feeling inadequate. and OK rebellion is reflected in Free Child behavior." He gets a payoff by being called "stupid" (Adapted Child) and at the same time. He is asked to take the garbage out. (or script injunctions). or through. yet in the long run only invite him to go deeper into it. Passive-aggressive Vengeful Child behavior can be seen in the following example: Little Fahrquahr has a stopper of "Feel confused" (You're stupid). he believes he must "Be perfect" (get all A's). in reality. a part of the Adapted Child. In the not-OK miniscript are the counterscript drivers that is. to a stopper of "Feel inadequate.. they see Little Fahrquahr going blind from wearing these glasses. but rather a tool to be used in a treatment setting to enable the patient to re-direct his life. stoppers. messages that seem to invite the person to come out of his stopper. however." [14] The Vengeful Child position incorporates not-OK parts of Critical Parent as well as Vengeful Child. With these scripty glasses Fahrquahr will see an image of life consistent with that distortion described as reality by his parents. they insist that he does not see life clearly and invite him to put on a pair of script glasses very similar to their own. Vengeful Child behavior is spiteful behavior. an invitation to go even deeper. He has 20-20 vision and sees life and people very clearly. and the apparent rebellion is merely an outbreak of script.There is.the miniscript. The miniscript is not a new kind of script. The gut level message is "You're inadequate. the counterscript driver part. and final miniscript payoff. If he does not get all A's he has set himself up to feel even more inadequate. ." 2) "Conversely. They decide that in order for him not to go blind they will grind the lens of the top part of the glasses in such a way that he will be able to see a little bit. Since Mommy and Daddy live under the influence of their own not-OK messages. returns to an irate mother who is screaming. After a little while. although he is the underdog (home-base position of I'm not-OK--You're OK). When a person is in his Vengeful Child he's saying. Little Fahrquahr has just been born.

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parenting. Kahler has authored 3 books and more than 40 articles. He is the recipient of the 1977 Eric Berne Memorial Scientific Award for the Miniscript. societies. He was hired as the psychodemographer in the Clinton/Gore 1996 campaign.used in sales. 4 high-I. Dr. and 400 local and national conventions. education. by Taibi Kahler and Hedges Capers. he was invited by Dr. and has been the guest speaker at more than a dozen international congresses. relationships. assessing and predicting of personal and professional distress sequences. booklets and profile reports.. in Child Development and Family Life from Purdue University. He has held membership in 13 national and international organizations.Q. As a result. Terry McGuire. TAJnet reprint of the 1974 article The Miniscript. management. A prolific writer. NASA's psychiatric consultant.D. home | itaa | transactional analysis | events | training | resources | community | contact us | membership info .About the Author Taibi Kahler holds a Ph. and is a consultant to the President. In 1978. mentoring. astronauts have taken Dr.. is a licensed psychologist. to be an interviewing psychologist. team work. Kahler's profile as part of their selection process and have used his communication and team-building model in their training program. and is the originator of the Process Communications Model .

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