Transactional Analysis is a model for understanding human behaviour, communication and relationships developed in the 1950's and 60's. It is now a well established approach, widely used in psychotherapy, counselling, education and organisational development.
Concepts central to Transactional Analysis are:
- It is a model for understanding personality and how it develops to assist in personal growth and change
- It is a collaborative approach meaning that both parties are actively involved in the process in an equal, reciprocal relationship
- The focus of the therapeutic work is on becoming aware of options and making new choices rather than avoidance or passivity
- The belief that the most profound changes happen through experience rather than mental processing
- It offers a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationships. These models can help identify what can go wrong in communication and how to interact for a better outcome
- It focuses on providing opportunity for individuals to change repetitive patterns often formed in childhood