Transactional analysis is a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change. It is a social psychology and a method to improve communication. The theory outlines how we have developed and treats ourselves, how we relate and communicate with others, and offers suggestions and interventions which will enable us to change and grow.
Technique of Transactional Analysis
Transactional analysis utilizes the ‘parent adult child’ theory and is applied throughout many fields, including medical, therapeutic, communications, business management, clinical, organizational, behavioral and personal.
- The Parent, which consists of what a person does and tells others to do because they were told it was the right way by authority figures, such as their parents, teachers, and government.
- The Adult, which consists of thoughts and behaviors resulting from reason, careful consideration, and the intellect.
- The Child, which consists of purely emotional thoughts and behaviors, such as anger and humor.
Uses of Transactional Analysis
Transactional analysis is used by counselors and clinicians who strive to address the present problems. It is also used widely in the educational arena and provides a vessel through which educational principles and philosophy can be transformed into the daily lives of students. It can be used in any field where there is a need for understanding of individuals, relationships and communication.