1) Chapter 16 is entitled Some Essential Blueprint Ingredients is in many ways a continuation of Chapter 15 but details the essentials of her design. In the chapter, Satir begins with the notion of atmospheric influences, those functions of childhood and socialization and attitudes prevalent as the child grows. There are a variety of atmospheres into which the child can be born from loving to dysfunctional, and include circumstances that are often unpleasant. Some negative influences may be marriage trouble and burden, death or desertion, abandonment and addiction, or the child’s own mental illness or physical impairment. Some positive influences include the situation under which the child was conceived, the birth and health of the child, and the relationship of the caregivers.
Q: Atmospheric influences can go either way, positive or negative, reflecting on your own blueprint, what atmospheric influences had you experienced as a child? For example, were you born into a home that was loving and nurturing or was there dysfunction? Were your parents a loving couple that stayed together or was there separation or desertion?
2) Satir mentions that the words sensible, sharing, realistic, unique, loving, powerful, sexual, sensible, spiritual, and responsible are the key words to her atmospheric influences. However, she details and points out the importance of uniqueness, power, and sexuality. Uniqueness being the key to self-worth, power is the power of body and mind, patience and joy, and sexuality is the maleness and femaleness we teach our children and the expectations we put on them to adhere to gender roles.
Q: In response to the last three key terms,
uniqueness, power, and sexuality, can you describe yourself in these
terms? If you have children, as Satir writes, are you teaching your
children to be what you are not?