Transactional Analysis

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Transactional Analysis Theories of Counseling Gabriele Lauer-Ballard Baker College of Jackson May 27, 2013 Transactional Analysis 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 behavior. Whether you 're in business, a parent, and social worker or interested in personal development, his transactional analysis theories, and those of his followers, will enrich your dealings with people,…show more content…
Some simple clues as to the ego state sending the signal. It will be easy to see these clearly in others, and in yourself. The traits representing the Parent include physical characteristics such as anger or impatient body-language and expressions, finger-pointing, patronizing gestures. The verbal signs include always, never, for once and for all, judgmental words, critical words, patronizing language, posturing language For the Child physical traits include emotionally sad expressions, despair, temper tantrums, whining voice, rolling eyes, shrugging shoulders, teasing, delight, laughter, speaking behind hand, raising hand to speak, squirming and giggling. The Verbal - baby talk, I wish, I dunno, I want, I 'm gonna, I don 't care, oh no, not again, things never go right for me, worst day of my life, bigger, biggest, best, words to impress. Adult physical traits are attentive, interested, straight-forward, tilted head, no-n threatening and non-threatened. Verbal cues are why, what, how, who, where and when, how much, in what way, comparative expressions, reasoned statements, true, false, probably, possibly, I think, I realize, I see, I believe, in my opinion (Truax, 1971). It is also important to understand when trying to identify ego states that words are only part of the story. To analyze a transaction you need to see and feel what is being said as well. Only 7 percent of words spoken reveal their true meaning, 38%
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