The Life Script Heptagon

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Tony White


The life script heptagon, developed by the author, is described to show how seven elements, all seven aspects of human personality – behaviour, feelings, thoughts, body holding patterns, habits, beliefs and attitudes, and early decisions – fit together geometrically so that they reinforce and support each other and make it hard for people to change their life scripts. These elements are then related to the ways in which different psychotherapies tend to work with them, and explanations are given of why the geometric nature of the model means that several aspects need to change because otherwise the remaining elements are reinforcing the unhelpful patterns.

Editorial Note: This is an example of the saying ‘great minds think alike’ – this version of a heptagon was being developed over several years and the author was unaware that Benedetti, Benelli and Zanchetta (2020) had been developing a similar geometrical shape with different elements. Benedetti et al. were also unaware that the version described in this article was being developed. (Benedetti et al article is in this journal, Vol. 11, Issue 1 at

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White, T. (2022). The Life Script Heptagon. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research & Practice, 13(1), 53-61.
Author Biography

Tony White

Tony White is a Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy), a psychologist and psychotherapist, and author of numerous articles and several books.  He can be contacted on


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