Go With The Flow
Stay Calm and Take Your Meds
Whatever you want to call it, it is now time to take things in stride. That is don’t get too worked up about the coming age. That will be my motto going forward from here. It does no good to get worked up about thing that you have little control over. But that doesn’t preclude you hitting the phones to call your congressmen or hitting the streets in protect to the coming draconian cuts to social programs!
Dr. Eric Berne who was a Canadian psychoanalyst came up with a concept for human relationships called Transactional Analysis. Here is a little about that from my friends at Wikipedia:
Berne created the theory of transactional analysis as a way to explain human behavior. Berne’s theory was based on the ideas of Freud but were distinctly different. Freudian psychotherapists focused on patient’s personalities. Berne believed that insight could be better discovered by analyzing patients’ social transactions.
Berne mapped interpersonal relationships to three ego-states of the individuals involved: the Parent, Adult, and Child state.
He then investigated communications between individuals based on the current state of each. He called these interpersonal interactions transactions and used the label games to refer to certain patterns of transactions which popped up repeatedly in everyday life….
The 1960s were a searching time in my life so I spent quite a bit of time studying Berne’s principles of PAC. I will try to put his theory in the simplest possible terms.
Whenever two individuals interact they are each coming from one of three different states: Parent, Adult, Child. The parent is the one that tries to teach, the adult is a who studies and contemplate what he wants to do, and finally the child mostly just screams and rants. The most productive interactions occur that the A-A level and the least at the C-C level. P-C is a necessary interaction to teach an immature person what lessons you have learned from life. I think you get the idea now.
What I fear in the coming four years is too much of the executive branch interaction will be at the Child level. I think I need to dust off my “Games People Play” book to see if I can identify the executive branch interactions and to see if the PAC principle has any insight on these times.