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Play The Script Till The End

Fears and worries can operate at different levels. Underlying one fear (e.g. “he won’t turn up”) can be deeper fears (e.g. “nobody will ever love me”). Play The Script Till The End is a technique for helping clients to identify underlying feared outcomes.

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Description

Play The Script Till The End was developed by Scott Waltman (PsyD) and Erin Murphy (PsyD) and is a technique for helping clients to identify underlying feared outcomes. When working with anxious clients they found that the vertical arrow (Burns, 1980) or down arrow (Merrell, 2001) techniques would sometimes fall flat and so they developed metaphors of ‘playing the tape till the end’ or ‘playing the script till the end’.

Citation: Waltman, S., Murphy, E. (2016). Play the script till the end. Retrieved from http://psychologytools.com/play-the-script-till-the-end/

Instructions

Similar to the arrow techniques clients are asked to consider what the consequence would be if one of their fears were to come true, then encouraged to consider the consequence of that consequence and so on – answers often ‘bottom out’ around a core fear.

References

  • Burns, D. D. (1980). Feeling good: the new mood therapy. New York: New American Library
  • Merrell, K. A. (2001). Helping students overcome depression and anxiety. New York: Guilford
  • Citation: Waltman, S., Murphy, E. (2016). Play the script till the end. Retrieved from http://psychologytools.com/play-the-script-till-the-end/