Playful Child

The Playful Child is spontaneous and adventurous taking risks and finding joy in life.

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Playful Child Ego State

Other Ego States

The Playful Child is spontaneous and adventurous taking risks and finding joy in life. The Playful Child smiles easily and has a sense of personal power and sensuality. It emerges in an atmosphere of emotional safety and grows stronger with wider expression when accepted and free from criticism.

Language of the Playful Child: “Let’s try it.”  “I’ll go first.”  “Why not?”
  “What will happen if I try this!”

Slide The Adult Ego State The Adult represents
the logical self who
goes to work and
manages tasks to
completion. This is
the ego state in which
reasonable boundaries
and limits are set.
Slide Nurturing
Parent
Ego State The Nurturing Parent has its
origins in every culture as
the Earth-Mother. This is the
part of us that can nurture,
encourage and guide with
wisdom, the part of us we
want to interject into our being
as our perfect mother...
Slide Critical
Parent
Ego State This ego state has been
clearly presented in Gestalt
and Transactional Analysis.
This persona seeks to
be powerful in an attempt
to keep the child
ego states in line.
Slide Playful
Child
Ego State The Playful Child is sponta-
neous and adventurous
taking risks and finding joy
in life. The Playful Child
smiles easily and has a
sense of personal power
and sensuality.
Slide Feeling
Child
Ego State The Feeling Child is the
"primitive self," fully
aware of emotions and
viewing life from a
child's perspective. This
part of the self is hyper-
sensitive to
others' behaviors.
Slide Rebellious
Child
Ego State The Rebellious Child is
without enough healthy
expressions of play. All
the power of the
Playful Child is channeled
into Rebellious, angry,
self-destructive behavior.

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