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Personality Traffic Light 73

The Human Personality

A Little Girl PaintingThe Personality Traffic Light ego states in early childhood are termed simply the "child" in an examination of the child and parent relationship. Dr. Eric Berne (1910-1970 AD), who developed this analytic tool, writes, "The child is in many ways the most valuable part of the personality, and can contribute to the individual's life exactly what an actual child can contribute to family life. Charm, pleasure and creativity." When Jesus first meets the woman at the well, he employs the child ego state in the child parent relationship to open the conversation in John 4.7 with the simple question, "Give me a drink of water."

Child Life

It is interesting that the spontaneous expression of the natural child is sometimes seen in a drunken adult. "Usually excessive alcohol decommissions the parent first, so that the adapted child is freed in the child parent relationship and is transformed into the natural child." So the intoxicated person tries to do tricks, cries or laughs uncontrollably, and doesn't care what people think about them. The kind of people who drink excessively often have a deep desire for Godly satisfaction in their own life, yet just cannot seem to work this out logically. No counseling chain of Bible verses will help them, they have to simply come to God as a little child as in the child parent relationship.✞

"Child Parent Relationship"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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