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Transactional AnalysisTransactional Analysis


Transactional Analysis (or TA as it is often called) is based on two notions, first that we have three parts or 'ego-states' to our 'personality, and secondly that these converse with one another in 'transactions' (hence the name). TA is a very common model used in therapy and there is a great deal written about it. We each have internal models of parents, children and also adults, and we use these roles with one another in our relationships.

We even do it with ourselves, in our internal conversations. When two people communicate, each exchange is a transaction. Many of our problems come from transactions which are unsuccessful. Complementary transactions occur when both people are at the same level (Parent talking to Parent, etc.). Here, both are often thinking in the same way and communication is easier. Problems usually occur in crossed transactions, where each is talking to a different level.

The parent is either nurturing or controlling, and often speaks to the child, who is either adaptive or ‘natural’ in their response. When both people talk as a Parent to the other’s Child, their wires get crossed and conflict results.

The ideal line of communication is the mature and rational Adult-Adult relationship.

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Written by : Christine Baird

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