Transactional Analysis

Transactional analysis analyzes transactions. The transactions in this case refer to each time we communicate with each other. Eric Berne, founder of T.A., identified three main states of mind underneath all of our transactions: parent, adult, and child. Each of these states is an entire system of thought, feeling, behavior, and body experience. T.A. analyzes how these three mind or ego states interact with each other within, and with the parent/adult/child states of others. Dysfunctional behavior is seen as coming from self-limiting decisions made in childhood for survival; which in turns creates what's called the "life-script." Changing this script to a more healthy, loving script is part of the aim of the therapy.