Following on from the previous blog, here are the diagrams as I show them now.
The basic diagram looks like Figure 10.1 from Hay (2009) as shown below - not that much different to how I drew it originally except that it is a little closer to scale now on the early stages, which may last only minutes or hours.
I have also produced an amended version of Levin’s (1974, 1982, 1988) Cycles of Development diagram, where I have drawn it with the sections shown to scale in terms of how long they last.
Then I have followed it with a Spirals within Spirals diagram to illustrate how changes that occur throughout our lives seem to follow the same overall cycle that applied as we were growing up. This explains why we seem to have good days and bad days – on a good day, the spirals for the various things that are changing in our lives may well be all lined up at a childhood stage where things went well for us – whereas on a bad day, maybe they are all lined up at a stage where we were not able to meet our developmental needs – so we end up feeling as if everything we touch is going wrong. Knowing this is a theory means that we can console ourselves with the thought that in a day or two, everything will seem better again, as we will inevitably continue progressing around each spiral.
Hay, Julie & Williams Nick (1990) Personally Speaking Opportunities 12-13
Hay, Julie (2009) Transactional Analysis for Trainers 2nd edition Hertford: Sherwood Publishing
Levin, Pamela (1974) Becoming the Way We Are. Health Communications Inc., republished 2007 as The Cycle of Life, The Nourishing Company
Levin, Pamela (1982) The Cycle of Development Transactional Analysis Journal 12:2 129-139
Levin, Pamela (1988) Cycles of Power: A User’s Guide to the Seven Seasons of Life Berkeley CA: Health Communications Inc
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