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it all depends on your script

April 29, 2014

When I am teaching people about Affect Script Psychology they often struggle to understand the role that scripts play in our lives. To put it simply, we use a script to determine how we respond to a particular type of stimulus in a particular context. Our scripts are to a large extent a function of our biography, our history.  They encompass how we have learned to see the world. The best way to illustrate scripts that I have found is this short video. It shows two people who are receiving the same stimulus in the same context. Their reactions couldn’t be more different and are determined by their scripts. One experiences fear. The other enjoyment.

Oh, and who you empathise with says much about the scripts you have!


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