What is it exactly?
Transactional Analysis (TA) is a theory of personality and of communication. It was developed by the American psychiatrist Eric Berne between 1950 and 1970.
TA considers that people have equal value and that they are responsible for their lives.
Each person can change thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviours. They can also learn new concepts, make changes and express authentic emotions.
Transactional Analysis is the ideal tool for growth, for personal development, for self-enquiry, for a better communication and for conflict resolution.
Some key concepts of Transactional Analysis
These concepts allow us to become aware of and decipher human behavior (how each of us functions …) and consequently, to change how we behave.
TA offers tools that an 8-year-old could easily understand (because it is simple), while being meaningful and comprehensive.
- The existential positions (I am OK / I am not OK / you are OK / you are not OK)
- The 3 ego states (these are the Parent, the Adult and the Child)
- The transactions (when we communicate, we exchange transactions that show our intentions during communication)
- The 3 basic needs (these are the needs of stimulation, recognition and structure)
- The strokes (they can be positive or negative, conditional or unconditional)
- Time structuring (there are 6 different ways to structure time)
- The psychological games (these are the repetitive, inauthentic and conflictive relationships created with other people)
- The Drama Triangle (there are 3 roles: the one of the Victim, the Persecutor and the Rescuer)
At one time or another we have found ourselves trapped in this dynamic and suffered from it without knowing it. That’s why I highly recommend reading the 5 articles on the Drama Triangle in the blog. Part one starts here.
During the coaching sessions, at the appropriate moment, I will give you summarized charts of these basic concepts so that you can understand what is going on.
“I did then what I knew how to do.
Now that I know better, I do better.”