Transactional analysis

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Transactional analysis views social transactions as a basis for understanding people's behaviour and motivations.


It was popularised by Eric Berne in his 1964 book Games People Play.

Berne identified three dominant - and often unconscious - 'ego states' involved in social transactions: 'Parent', 'Child' and 'Adult'.


The idea is that bringing these ego states into our awareness can help to:

  • Reduce destructive - usually unconscious - 'game playing'; and
  • Promote more productive and positive social transactions, grounded mainly in Adult to Adult exchanges.


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