Scripts in cognitive therapy: The systemic perspective
Scripts are identified as role patterns which provide self-consistency and consistency in the behavior of others. Script holders construct an interpersonal reality which reaffirms their automatic thoughts and self-other schemas. Consequently, scripts are difficult to modify using traditional cognitive therapy techniques. Two scripts-the Victim and the Acquisitor Narcissist-are described and cognitive-systemic interventions suggested. The implications of scripts for transference interpretations and interventions are indicated. Finally, developmental analysis of these scripts is advanced as a therapeutic strategy.