Year One: Assignment One
Assignment: Briefly define Transactional Analysis (TA) as you see it expressed in one of Eric Berne’s books, giving reference to two examples to illustrate different ways TA can be used to bring about change.
Transactional Analysis was founded by Eric Berne in the 1950’s, (i) it is one of the most accessible theories of modern psychology and is used within a wide range of applications; personal development, clinical, therapeutic and organisational to name but a few. Eric Berne developed his three ego state model Parent, Adult, Child from observing the human communication between two people, he called the speakers part as the Transaction Stimulus (agent) and the receiver and responder’s part as the Transaction Response (responder). In a therapeutic setting we analyse and examine this communication between ourself (trainee psychotherapist) and the client. The same principle we apply to all conversations though to differing degrees we examine and analyse the conversation. TA became the method of examining the transaction wherein;’ I do something to you’ and ‘you do something back’.