What is Transactional Analysis (TA)? 

 

Transactional analysis (TA) is a popular form of modern psychology, and one of the most comprehensible theories in psychology. It is designed to promote personal growth and change, and is regarded as an important therapy for well-being, and for helping individuals to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.

TA therapy is based on the theory that each person has three ego-states: parent, adult and child. These are used along with other concepts, and tools and models will be used to help analyse how you communicate and to identify what interaction may be needed for a better outcome.

Ego-states refer to the three major parts of our personality, and they each reflect an entire system of thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

These ego-states are:

Child – Rooted in the past; these are a set of thoughts, feelings and behaviours learnt from our childhood. These can be free and natural or strongly influenced by our parental influences.

Adult – Rooted in the present. This state relates to direct responses in the ‘here and now’ that are not influenced by our past. This tends to be the most rational part of our personality.

Parent – Rooted in the past; a set of thoughts, feelings and behaviours learnt from our parents and other important people. This part of our personality can be supportive or critical.

Our ego-states determine how we express ourselves as individuals, interact with each other and form relationships. The simplicity of the terminology used in TA makes the model very accessible.

Throughout therapy, the TA therapist will work directly on problem-solving behaviours, whilst helping you to develop day-to-day tools for finding constructive, creative solutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure you regain absolute autonomy over your life. This autonomy is defined as the recovery of three vital human capacities – spontaneity, awareness and intimacy.

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