Updated: Sep 14
You have always wondered which of the many therapeutic modules would suit you best. Through today's text, they will take you through the beauties of Transactional Analysis as one of the psychotherapeutic modules. We will look back through the history of the emergence of this module, go over the basics of Transactional Analysis and what it depicts, and finally see what goals it provides as a psychotherapeutic module.
The emergence of Transactional Analysis
As I mentioned in the introductory text, transactional analysis is a branch of psychotherapy created by psychiatrist Eric Berne. His main goal was to explain people's behavior (why?). He believed that through the patient's social transactions, behavioral problems that hinder our further development could be better identified.
He noticed and mapped three ego states (we all have those ego states). The ego states are named in the following way Parent, Adult and Child. And through the development of the theory, he was based on tractions through these 3 ego states. He researched the intrapsychic communication of this ego state and they are the pillar of the basis of Transactional Analysis.
What is Transactional Analysis?
"Transactional analysis is personality theory and systemic psychotherapy aimed at personal growth and development"
The above is the definition. Since we see from the definition that it is a theory of personality, it means that TA allows us through a three-part model (3 ego states) to better understand how people function.
The advantage of TA is that it teaches us theories of communication, and we all know that the 21st century is a time when an incredible skill of communication is necessary.
TA refers to certain assumptions about people, life, and goals. These assumptions are as follows: People are OK. Everyone has the right to think People decide their destiny, and those decisions can be changed. Through these assumptions you can apply how much TA strives to provide freedom and authenticity to people, at the same time it is the main goal of TA to achieve authenticity in behavior, thinking, feeling.
For whom Transactional Analysis is suitable?
TA is for everyone. It has a wide application in organizations, in schools, in everyday life, in the pro-therapeutic approach ...
Eric Berne himself advocated that his theory be readable and clear to everyone, he did not want to narrow the circle only to psychiatrists, psychologists. So even though you are not from the field of psychology, if you take one of the popular TA books, you will be able to understand. Noting the goal of TA, which is the pursuit of development, I could then add and sign that TA is for those who strive for development, or for those who have a desire for change.
Whatever the desire for change, whether you want better communication with your partner, or you want to understand yourself better, or you want to understand why your parents treated you in a certain way, or why I am lonely and react like that, then it is TA just for you.
Through this blog, I wanted to introduce you to TA. In the following blogs, we will get to know TA in more detail and the practical application of its tools for personal growth and development. To keep up to date, follow The Psyche on Instagram and subscribe to the site to get notifications about upcoming blogs.