parent ego state

parent ego state

(in transactional analysis) an ego state that incorporates the feelings and behavior learned from parents or other authority figures; a part of the self that offers advice like that of one's own parents, containing messages that emphasize what one "ought to" or "should not" do.
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The rescuer role is a manifestation of the nurturing parent ego state.
A parent ego state is characterized by an "I know better" attitude.
In the above example, the coach clearly is communicating out of a parent ego state as illustrated by his statements:
Although well-meaning, the coach has unintentionally reduced his effectiveness through the use of a parent ego state style of communication.
The Critical Parent is that part of the Parent ego state that is controlling, prohibitive, and may have non-rational attitudes.
For example, the person's internalized critical parent ego state can become "executive" at a particular moment and abuse his/her own children.
Of note is White's explanation of the adult, child, and parent ego states, and how the interplay between these drive our lives.

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