What is Transactional Analysis?

  1. Transactional analysis is a theory about personality, personality development and communication
  2. Transactional analysis is a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change.
  3. Transactional Analysis is a tool you can use to know yourself, to know how you relate to others and to discover the dramatic course your life is taking.
  4. As a theory of personality, TA describes how people are structured psychologically. It uses what is perhaps its best known model, the ego-state (Parent-Adult-Child) model to do this. This same model helps understand how people function and express themselves in their behaviors (Unit of personality structure is the ego state)
  5. By becoming aware of your ego states you can distinguish between your various sources of thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns. You can discover where there is discord and where there is an agreement within your personality. You can become more aware of the options available to you.
  6. As a theory of communication it extends to a method of analyzing systems and organizations.
  7. The unit of measure in interpersonal relationships is the Transaction.  By analyzing your transactions, you can gain a more conscious control of how you operate with other people and how they operate with you. You can determine when your transactions are complementary, crossed, or ulterior. You can also discover what "Games" you play.
  8. Transactional analysis is a practical frame of reference from which you can evaluate your old decisions and behavior and change what you decide is desirable for you to change.
  9. Transactional analysis is about what goes on inside people and between people.
  10. Transactional analysis is both a theory and a set of techniques for relating to and working with self and other people.

Transactional analysis is concerned with four kinds of analysis

  • Structural Analysis: The analysis of individual personality
  • Transactional Analysis: the analysis of what people do and say to one another
  • Game Analysis: the analysis of ulterior transactions leading to payoff
  • Script Analysis: the analysis of specific life dramas that person compulsively play ou 

Transactional Analysis can help in

  • Responding to a person and situation more appropriately
  • Building rapport
  • Understanding someone else’s needs
  • Deal more effectively with difficult people
  • Be assertive
  • Understand how you behave and why



Born to win: Transactional analysis with Gestalt experiments





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