Stroking profile - Transactional Analysis


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The “stroking profile” concept was introduced for the first time by Jim McKenna in the Transactional Analysis Journal (October 1974). It analyzes stroking patterns by use of bar charts.

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Stroking profile - Transactional Analysis

  1. 1. Stroking Profile
  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. Stroking Profile • The “stroking profile” concept was introduced for the first time by Jim McKenna in the Transactional Analysis Journal (October 1974). • It analyzes stroking patterns in rather the same way as Dusay’s ego gram analyzes the use of functional ego states, by use of bar charts.
  4. 4. Why it is useful? • Most of us carry around a series of repetitive unconscious patterns that we use quite often. • Since strokes are fundamentally involved (directly or indirectly) in everything we do, it can be of great help to become aware of our stroking profile and think about what (if anything) we’d like to change about it and in what direction.
  5. 5. Why it is useful? • Maybe some people complete the table and realize that they have difficulties in giving strokes, yet they feel the desire to stroke other people often and to be more in contact with those around. • By becoming aware of this, they can make a small conscious effort to gradually offer more strokes, thus being more in contact.
  6. 6. Why it is useful? • Some people might not understand why they receive so many negative strokes and realize that they’ve been constantly asking for them on an unconscious level. • That may be because this kind of strokes are familiar to them and they know how to react, whereas receiving positive strokes makes them feel extremely uncomfortable. • It could also be for a number of other reasons.
  7. 7. Stroking Profile • To make out a stroking profile, you begin with a blank diagram given in the previous slide. • You draw bars in each of the four columns to represent your intuitive estimate of how frequently you : give strokes, take them when they are offered, ask for strokes and refuse to give strokes.
  8. 8. Stroking Profile • You make separate estimates under each heading for positive and negative strokes. • The frequency for positives is shown by drawing a bar upward from the central axis of the diagram. • For negatives, draw bar downwards.
  9. 9. Stroking Profile
  10. 10. • This diagram shows one possible example of a completed stroking profile. • This person doesn’t give many positive strokes but is liberal with negatives. • She is keen to take positive strokes from others and often ask for them. Reference : Transactional Analysis Journal, October 1974, Jim McKenna Example
  11. 11. • She perceives herself as seldom taking or asking for negatives. • Frequently, she refuses to give positive strokes that other people expect, but she is not so ready to refuse giving negatives. • How would you feel about relating to the person who drew this stroking profile. Example
  12. 12. • Jim McKenna suggests that the negative and positive scales under each heading show an inverse relationship. • For instance, if a person is low in taking positive strokes, he will likely be high is taking negatives. • Discover any pattern in your stroke profile. • Try to increase the bar you want more. Inverse Relationship
  13. 13. • Discover if there is anything about your stroking profile that you want to change. • If so, the way to proceed is to increase the bars you want more of. • This, says McKenna, is more likely to work than aiming to reduce the bars you think you have too much of. • In Child, you are likely to be unwilling to give up old stroking patterns until you have something better to replace them. Activity
  14. 14. Activity • Draw you own stroking profile. • Work rapidly and intuitively. • Under asking for strokes, in the negative column, include times when you set up in some indirect way to get attention from others and was painful or uncomfortable for you. • In the negative column under refuse to give, include occasions when you refused to give others negatives which they were setting up indirectly to get from you.
  15. 15. Home work • Write down five behavior designed to increase any bar you want more of. • Carry out these behavior in the coming month. • For instance, if you decide you want to give more positive strokes to others, you might note down one compliment you could genuinely give to each of five of your friends, but have never given. • Go ahead and give those compliments during the month.
  16. 16. Food for thought Is McKenna right in suggesting that as you increase the bar you want more of, the bar you want less of in the same column decreases automatically?
  17. 17. Implications • In a way, needing strokes is the same with needing people to acknowledge that we exist. • From this point of view, the philosophical question about the tree falling in the forest with nobody around to hear the noise fits well. • If nobody hears the noise, did it really ever exist? • If a person is not being stroked, is that person’s existence real?
  18. 18. Thank You
  19. 19. Other TA topics available on slideshare 1. Strokes - 2. Games People Play - games-people-play. 3. Structural Analysis - 4. What is TA? - 5. Cycles of Development - developement-pamela-levin-transactional-analysis. 6. Stages of Cure - 7. Transactions - 8. Time Structuring - 9. Life Position - 10. Autonomy - 11. Structural Pathology - 12. Game Analysis - 13. Integrated Adult - 14. Stroke Economy - 33826702.