Transactional Analysis

What is Transactional Analysis?

Transactional Analysis (TA) is a theory of personality and of communication, which 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 as well as learn new concepts, make changes and express authentic emotions.

Transactional Analysis is the ideal tool for growth, personal development, self-enquiry, better communication and conflict resolution.

Some key concepts of Transactional Analysis

With these concepts you can understand human behaviour and consequently change how you behave.

  • 3 ego states (Parent, Adult, Child)

  • Transactions (when people communicate, they exchange transactions)
  • 3 basic needs (stimulation, recognition, structure)
  • Strokes (a positive or negative recognition)
  • Time structuring (there are 6 different ways to structure time)
  • Psychological games (repetitive and conflictive relationships created with other people)
  • The Drama Triangle (3 roles : Victim, Persecutor, Rescuer)
    Read the articles about the Drama Triangle in the blog: Part one starts here.

  • Symbiosis (unhealthy enmeshment, lack of boundaries between 2 people)

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.”

Maya Angelou.