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Advanced Study Group

You have completed the Basic Study Group and now you are ready for more! We congratulate you for choosing to continue this complex, challenging, and rewarding journey! You have already learned the basics of affect theory and have begun to study script theory. Now it is time to delve deeply into the nature and function of scripts and to approach thereby what Tomkins has called human being theory. This Advanced Curriculum is designed to take you through Tomkins’s entire set of theories for the human minding process. Our Advanced Curriculum makes understandable the complex interaction of affect, cognition, memory, perception, imagery, consciousness, and central assembly by clarifying the scripts that order and manage this matrix. We urge you to adopt the same attitude for participation in this study group as that suggested for the Basic Study Group: Each member is equally responsible for reading, absorbing, and then presenting a share of the information assigned for each meeting.

You must attend all 11 sessions and complete the post-evaluation assessment to obtain the CE credits from APA.

Learning Objectives

The Advanced Study Group will help licensed clinicians build on their professional experience and knowledge by achieving the following objectives. 

1. Define Tomkins’s term “magnification”

2. Explain why some scenes become scripted and others do not

3. Explain the process of how scripts get formed

4. Demonstrate how magnification influences the uniqueness of individual scripts

5. Recognize and describe 3 types of scripts

6. Describe changes in risk cost-benefit scripts that result from changes in amount and type of affects.

7.  List what factors keep scripts stable and resistant to change

8. Identify the mechanism in which anger can be incorporated in different scripts

9. Identify the factors that magnify the expression of anger and what factors might minimize its expression

10. Describe and explain differences between sedative, preaddictive, and addictive scripts

11. Describe the relationship between these self-sedating scripts and affect management

12. Identify the shift from a good scene to a bad scene as key to a nuclear script

13. Define the difference between humanistic and normative ideological scripts


The advance study group has 11 modules, structured similarly to the Basic Study Group, where for each session, there are assigned readings and specific discussions questions, as well as the opportunity to freely share your thoughts.

  1. Magnification

2. Magnification and the Stabilization of Scripts

3. Sedative, Preaddictive, and Addictive Scripts

4. Differential Magnification of Affect (Anger) to Form Personality

5. Nuclear Scripts

6. Nuclear Scripts, continued

7. Ideological Scripts

8. Cognition

9. Memory

10. The Central Assembly, Consciousness, and Feedback

11. Mosher’s Epilogue to AIC IV


To participate in the Advanced Study Group, contact Nancy MacConnachie, Ph.D., and she will send you more information about the meeting times and the syllabus. drnancymac@thewestwoodgroup.org

The Tomkins Institute: Applied Studies of Motivation, Emotion, and Cognition is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.   The Tomkins Institute: Applied Studies of Motivation, Emotion, and Cognition maintains responsibility for this program and its content.