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The Five Types Scenes Which Emerge During Therapy

A Quick Summary



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Main Points on This Quick List





[1] a Specific Scene (a single scene, often from childhood)
[2] a Composite Scene (a mixture of the details of several related actual scenes)
[3] a Blended Scene (a scene which is part reality, part fabrication)
[4] an Imaginary Scene (an entirely fabricated scene from any time from the person's life)
[5] a "Here and Now" Scene (a conscious experience which takes place in the present)

Words and Phrases to Pay Attention To


(they've been redefined to reflect Emergence Personality Theory)
scene, specific, composite, blended, imaginary, here and now

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Quick List With Examples



[1] a Specific Scene (a single scene, often from childhood)

  • In the story, "No Decaf," a single scene emerged. The scene lasted less than a minute and the person in it was a boy about age two. Keys included: [1] being in the "state of urgency," [2] not being able to one's my own drink, and [3] hearing "not now. You'll have to wait."
  • In the story, "No Lefts," a single scene emerged. This scene lasted about five minutes and the person in it was a girl about age eight. Keys included: [1] being in the "state of panic" and [2] hearing the partial sentence, "she left ... ".
  • In the story, "the Psycho Clock," a single scene emerged. This scene lasted less than a minute and the woman in it was about twenty. Keys included: [1] being in the "state of anxiety about a near future event" and [2] hearing the sound behind the stabbing in the shower scene from the movie, "Psycho.

[2] a Composite Scene (a mixture of the details of several related actual scenes)

  • In the story, "Parroting," a single scene emerged which, in all likelihood, contained keys from several wounding scenes. This scene lasted less than a minute and the person in it was a boy about age three. Keys included: [1] looking down at a purple Persian rug, [2] looking down at tan shorts, [3] seeing a white short sleeve shirt, [4] seeing white filmy curtains blowing in from an open window, [5] seeing dark ornate furniture, [6] hearing a parrot squawking, "uh huh uh," and [7] seeing a parrots beak.

[3] a Blended Scene (a scene which is part reality, part fabrication)

  • In the story, "Play Ball," a single scene emerged which was then enhanced by the guide. In this scene, which lasted about two minutes, the person was both a boy at age eight and himself in the present (a man in his forties). The scene with him at age eight had emerged and was in all likelihood an actual scene. The guide then asked the man to imagine himself coming into the scene and having a catch with the boy. Keys included: [1] being in the childhood "state of being left out," [2] being alone, and [3] holding a baseball glove and ball.
  • In the story, " 'A' is For 'Apple'," a single imaginary scene is repeatedly experienced over the course of ten months. In this scene, which lasted about seven minutes, the person was both a boy at age six and himself, a man in his late forties. The technique used was the "Cycle of Three." The actual scene, a classroom scene from second grade which had previously emerged, was progressively enhanced by having the man himself come into the scene as both a witness and as a protector for the little boy. Keys included: [1] being in the "state of terror," [2] being in the state of "divided attention," [3] seeing a portly, middle aged woman face front, [4] hearing the sound of a wooden ruler hitting a boys arm, [5] sitting at a desk trying to read, and [6] trying to understand what was written on a paper on the desk top.

[4] an Imaginary Scene (an entirely fabricated scene from any time in the person's life)

  • In the story, "Talking with Mommy," a single scene is fabricated in the present. In this scene, which lasted about twelve minutes, the person is a boy about six who has a conversation with a dead parent. Keys included: [1] being in the state of high alert, [2] picturing his mother's face, and [3] speaking frankly to his mother.

[5] a "Here and Now" Scene (a conscious experience which takes place in the present)

  • In the story, "Especially Good," a single present day interaction was mechanically repeated over the course of about ten minutes. The two techniques used here were: [1] "allergy testing" and [2] "parroting" (the "do it to me again technique.") Keys were: [1] being in the "state of competition," and [2] hearing the word, "especially."
  • In the story, "Professional Ears," a single present day interaction was mechanically repeated over the course of about five minutes. The three techniques used here were: [1] using a skill which was heightened in the course of the person's profession, [2] "allergy testing" and [3] "parroting" (the "do it to me again technique.") Keys were [1] hearing three different tones which the vacuum cleaner generated.
  • In the story, "Little Jacob's Story," a single present day interaction was mechanically repeated over the course of about four minutes, on about five occasions over the course of several months. The technique used was mainly "allergy testing." The keys were: [1] being in the "state of terror" and [2] seeing the hair above an open mouth and the teeth below.


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