Be everyone you can be.
“I’m not myself today.”
“Something got into me.”
“I was beside myself.”
“Part of me wants to do this and part of me does not.”
“I’ve really got conflicts over this.”
“Sometimes I don’t like myself.”
These are all complaints about the people in the head. You might get the impression that these people are a problem. But that is a matter of viewpoint. Instead of complaining about these people, you could get acquainted with them. They may know something you don’t.
You are never alone when you know
To make it easier to talk about them, we’ve created a fictional theater, the Head Office. We have populated it with some of these people. You will recognize them. You’ve met them in other people. You’ve met them in your head. You’ve seen them in fiction. You’ve seen them in the news.
We treat them as mythical families. These head players really are similar across different people. They are part of how you can forecast what other people will do. They are part of how actors call up the ability to play different roles. They are part of how you select the way you are going to act.
In this venue we will introduce some of the players who have important roles in self-growth and problem-solving. Or rather, we will let them introduce themselves. After all, what’s the fun in being a player if you can’t speak for yourself?
You may wonder why you would want to know some of the support players. But you have to deal with them. You can deal with them better if you get to know them. Whether they are in your head or some other head.
In another venue, we will bring our players on stage and let you hear the conversations in the head.
Luke: What's in there? Yoda: Only what you take with you.
These people are derived from the concept of group roles in social psychology. An excellent presentation of this concept is offered by de Bono in "Six Thinking Hats"
Your Head Staff
A group of aids to a leader.
Something that serves as a support.
A stick to aid in walking or climbing.
The Whys Guys
The Tooth Fairies
Meet Your Head Staff
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