The Power Within

We all know Sigmund Freud as the father of modern psychoanalysis and the famous Polypsychism theory. He was the first psychologist to identify the multiple subegos within each person's psyche, which constantly interact, agree, or disagree with each other. However, many people don't know of another psychologist, Eric Berne, who took this theory to the next level and came up with his own theory called Transactional Analysis. Using Eric Berne's theory, we will attempt to analyze the motivations and the actions of VN nursing students, who choose to enter an LVN program here in California. We will also see how this theory may help explain the success of the LVN students, who achieve well academically, and make it to their graduation and license exams.

According to Eric Berne, by the age of six or seven years, each one of us has formed three major subegos that dictate our thoughts, feelings, responses to others, and motivate or inhibit our actions. These three subegos include the inner child, the inner adult, and the inner parent. The Inner Child is the curious discoverer within each one of us. This is the part of one's psyche that motivates us to learn, to create, and to explore new horizons. Similarly, in the VN nursing students, this inner child, often has to be actively involved in the learning process, discovering and gaining new knowledge, as well as discovering a new path in life and career. At the same time, the inner child is one's sensitive part, who loves, hates, likes, and dislikes. Therefore, it is extremely important to keep the inner child involved and satisfied for a successful endeavor, such as going to an LVN College and happily graduating from it.

The Inner Parent is the responsible part of one's persona. This is the part that says that you need to study, when your inner child wants to play, watch TV, have fun, or party. This is the controlling part of one's psyche that makes us keep order in life, school, work, and other aspects. This is the part that says what you have to do, must do, or shouldn't do. Similarly, the inner parent in the LVN students must be strong enough to prioritize studying and attending classes and clinical labs as necessary to complete studies. The Inner Parent is also the nurturing part, taking care of the inner child. This is the part that says "Good jobĀ to self, or talks you through a difficult task. On average, we talk to ourselves about 1000-3000 words a minute. This is our subegos having a conversation, helping us through situations and letting us create and grow. In the nursing students, this nurturing parent is very important in self-nurture, self-confidence, and self-encouragement, which is as vital as the nurture of others.

Finally, the Inner Adult, is the assertive part of one's personality. This is the analytical part that simply solves problems, like a mathematician solves and equation, no feelings, no strings attached. This is the part that often helps settle conflicts between the inner parents and the inner child by using calculated logic. Again, this part is very important while on the Nursing Program, since it helps solve problems at school, home, work, and helps move forward in studies.

As we can see, the three subegos, the inner child, adult, and parent, must work in accord with each other for a successful completion of an LVN program. Each LVN course can be a venture, but when the inner child, adult, and parent work together with minimal tension, they have the power within that allows to achieve maximum results. Opposed to this, a conflict of these subegos can lead to under-achievement, and even withdrawal from a program. Therefore, maximum effort should be put in to augment the collaboration within each student, to help each LVN student reach their potential.

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