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Incapacitation and violence - Passive behaviors - Discounting (Transactional analysis / TA is an integrative approach to the theory of psychology and psychotherapy).

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In incapacitation, the person disables herself in some way. Discounting her own ability to solve a problem, she hopes in Child that by incapacitating herself she can get someone else to solve it. …

In incapacitation, the person disables herself in some way. Discounting her own ability to solve a problem, she hopes in Child that by incapacitating herself she can get someone else to solve it. Incapacitation can sometimes be in the form of psychosomatic ailments, as here. Alternatively, it can be achieved by mental breakdown or by abuse of drugs or alcohol. Incapacitation can be viewed as violence directed inwards. In both incapacitation and violence, the person is discounting his ability to solve a problem. He releases a burst of energy, directed to self or others, in a desperate attempt to force the environment to solve the problem for him.

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  • 1. Incapacitation and violence
  • 2. Prepared By Manu Melwin Joy Research Scholar School of Management Studies CUSAT, Kerala, India. Phone – 9744551114 Mail – manu_melwinjoy@yahoo.com Kindly restrict the use of slides for personal purpose. Please seek permission to reproduce the same in public forms and presentations.
  • 3. Passive behaviors • When I discount, I do so by making statement to myself in my own head. • Thus a discount itself is not observable. • Since you can’t thought read, you have no way of knowing I am discounting unless I speak or act in some way which indicates the presence of the discount.
  • 4. Passive behaviors • There are four types of behavior which always indicate that the person concerned is discounting. They are • Doing nothing. • Over adaptation. • Agitation. • Incapacitation or violence.
  • 5. Incapacitation and violence • Betty is in her late thirties. The younger of two daughters, she still lives at home with her aged mother, whom she looks after. The old woman, despite her age, is really in pretty and sound health. • Out of the blue, Betty meets a man and they fall in love. Happily, she announces to her mother that she intends to move out to live with him and perhaps get married.
  • 6. Incapacitation and violence • A couple of days later, the mother begins having dizzy spells and has to take to her bed. • The doctor can find nothing physically wrong with her. But Betty begins to feel guilty about her intention to move out. • Mother’s passive behavior is incapacitation.
  • 7. Incapacitation and violence • Here, the person disables herself in some way. • Discounting her own ability to solve a problem, she hopes in Child that by incapacitating herself she can get someone else to solve it. • Incapacitation can sometimes be in the form of psychosomatic ailments, as here. Alternatively, it can be achieved by mental breakdown or by abuse of drugs or alcohol.
  • 8. Incapacitation and violence • Robert has just had a furious row with his girlfriend. • He storms out of the house and walks the streets for a long while. • He goes down town, has a few beers. • Then he picks up a chair and smashes all the plate – glass windows in the bar.
  • 9. Incapacitation and violence • Robert’s passive behavior is violence. • It may seem strange to refer to violence as passive behavior. • But it is passive because it is not directed at solving the problem in hand. • When Robert smashes the window, he does nothing to resolve his differences with is girlfriend.
  • 10. Incapacitation and violence • Incapacitation can be viewed as violence directed inwards. • In both incapacitation and violence, the person is discounting his ability to solve a problem. • He releases a burst of energy, directed to self or others, in a desperate attempt to force the environment to solve the problem for him.
  • 11. Incapacitation and violence • Incapacitation or violence will often follow a period of agitation. • When the person is agitating, he is building up energy which he may then discharge destructively by either incapacitating or getting violent.
  • 12. Activity • Review the problem situation you considered in the last activity. • Do you identify which of the passive behaviors you engaged in? • Now re-run the situation in your mind’s eye. When you come to the moment where you began the passive behavior, imagine yourself instead staying in Adult and using the full power of your grown up thinking, feeling or behaving to solve the problem. • How do you then act differently?
  • 13. Thank You
  • 14. Other TA topics available on slideshare 1. Strokes - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/strokes-24081607. 2. Games People Play - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/psychological- games-people-play. 3. Structural Analysis - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/the-ego-state-model. 4. What is TA? - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/what-ta-is 5. Cycles of Development - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/cycles-of- developement-pamela-levin-transactional-analysis. 6. Stages of Cure - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/stages-of-cure. 7. Transactions - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/transactions-33677298. 8. Time Structuring - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/time-structuring. 9. Life Position - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/life-position. 10. Autonomy - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/autonomy-33690557. 11. Structural Pathology - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/structural-pathology. 12. Game Analysis - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/game-analysis-33725636. 13. Integrated Adult - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/integrated-adult. 14. Stroke Economy - http://www.slideshare.net/manumjoy/stroke-economy- 33826702.

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