Script and the stress


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Stan Woollams has suggested the idea of a stress scale. The greater the stress, the more likely the person is to get into script.

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Script and the stress

  1. 1. Script and the stress
  2. 2. Prepared By Manu Melwin Joy Research Scholar School of Management Studies CUSAT, Kerala, India. Phone – 9744551114 Mail – Kindly restrict the use of slides for personal purpose. Please seek permission to reproduce the same in public forms and presentations.
  3. 3. Script and the stress • Stan Woollams has suggested the idea of a stress scale. • The greater the stress, the more likely the person is to get into script. • It we grade stress say from 1 to 10, I may get into script in a situation that is stressful at level 6 or higher. • You may be able to go up to to 8 before moving to script.
  4. 4. Script and the stress • Say I have a disagreement with my immediate line manager. This represents only a level 3 stress. So I stay out of script. • I discuss our differences in an Adult way. I reason that my manager and I will either work out a compromise, or have to agree to differ. If it’s the latter, then no disaster.
  5. 5. Script and the stress • But now the line manager calls in the Director. An argument with the boss counts as level 6 on the stress scale. • I flip into script. Faced with Director, I activate the same physical reactions, feelings and thoughts I used to have as a child when my angry father loomed over me like a giant, shouting words of abuse I couldn’t understand.
  6. 6. Script and the stress • Without realizing it unconsciously, I have made the Director ‘become’ my father. And I respond as if I were a terrified kid of three again. • The stress scale is a good way of pointing up the relationship between stress and scripty responses. It does not mean that stress can make anyone go into script. • The movement to script is decisional, even though the decision is out of awareness.
  7. 7. Script and the stress • It is probable that simply by learning about script, I will become able to take greater stress before I move into scripty behavior. • If I undertake personal therapy, I can further improve my ability to problem solve rather than reverting to scripty behavior.
  8. 8. Thank You
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