Transactional Analysis - Communication

3356 WordsNov 21, 201114 Pages
Transactional analysis Eric Berne 's Transactional Analysis - early TA history and theory Transactional Analysis is one of the most accessible theories of modern psychology. Transactional Analysis was founded by Eric Berne, and the famous 'parent adult child ' theory is still being developed today. Transactional Analysis has wide applications in clinical, therapeutic, organizational and personal development, encompassing communications, management, personality, relationships and behaviour. Whether you 're in business, a parent, a social worker or interested in personal development, Eric Berne 's Transactional Analysis theories, and those of his followers, will enrich your dealings with people, and your understanding of yourself. This…show more content…
Our parent is formed by external events and influences upon us as we grow through early childhood. We can change it, but this is easier said than done. Child Our internal reaction and feelings to external events form the 'Child '. This is the seeing, hearing, feeling, and emotional body of data within each of us. When anger or despair dominates reason, the Child is in control. Like our Parent we can change it, but it is no easier. Adult Our 'Adult ' is our ability to think and determine action for ourselves, based on received data. The adult in us begins to form at around ten months old, and is the means by which we keep our Parent and Child under control. If we are to change our Parent or Child we must do so through our adult. In other words: • Parent is our 'Taught ' concept of life • Adult is our 'Thought ' concept of life • Child is our 'Felt ' concept of life When we communicate we are doing so from one of our own alter ego states, our Parent, Adult or Child. Our feelings at the time determine which one we use, and at any time something can trigger a shift from one state to another. When we respond, we are also doing this from one of the three states, and it is in the analysis of these stimuli and responses that the essence of Transactional Analysis lies. A wonderful analogy - 'the person who had feelings ' story - explains how experiences and conditioning in early life affect behaviour in later life.
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