Psychological Services, Inc.
4560 Admiralty Way, Suite 255, Marina Del Rey California, 90292
Freud introduced us to the Superego, Ego, and Id, and Eric Berne brought us
the Parent, Adult and Child. What Freud showed us is that the human psyche is
multifaceted and what we've since learned is that we each have different parts
of our personalities that surface and affect our behavior and communication
with others. Berne taught us how to look at these different parts of our personalities
in terms of understanding which one is speaking or behaving at any given time
and how that impacts the communication when we interact with others. When we
communicate, we do so from one of our own ego states (Parent, Adult, Child)
and our feelings determine which one is being used. The same happens when we
respond to another person. In therapy, we can look at which part is in charge
of any communication or behavior and how to adjust that so that transactions
between people are complementary and thus productive rather than destructive.