Many of us have seen the cartoon”puzzle”. It shows the control room of the child’s brain. The child’s subpersonalities work to make him feel safe and happy. The plot of the cartoon becomes interesting when Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness begin to struggle for control.
For example, when Fear takes over, the child cringes. When the main thing is Anger, the child begins to swear. So we understand that all these characters represent the emotional experience of the child.
But this model actually works. The cartoon shows quite accurately how our emotions work. There are also whole areas of psychotherapy that use such models. Continue reading