Transactional Analysis (TA) looks at current or present situation and assists the client with development of creative and positive solutions to assist with recapturing spontaneity, awareness and intimacy. TA uses tools designed to develop personal growth and change which are essential for well-being, happiness and reaching full potential in all aspects of life. This form of therapy can be used to address our interactions and communications with the aim of establishing and strengthening the idea that everyone is valuable and has the capacity to change positively and achieve personal growth.
The Ego States within Transactional Analysis
Parent transactional state incorporates observation and commentary of external events which are experienced by a child up until the age of about 5 years old. These parent state transactions are often instructions which are intended to be accepted without question by the child rather than considered or questioned. Examples of ego state “the Parent.” Transactions include the following; “Do not play in the road”, “Remember to say “please” and “thank you” and “Do not point at other people”.
The Child ego state represents recordings of feelings and emotions that linked to the external events observed up until the age of 5 years old. Examples of these may include: “I feel sacred when I cannot see Mom”. “Dad’s fancy dress was really funny” and “I feel safe when Dad is carries me”.
The adult ego state incorporates the transactions which include perception and understanding of situations which vary from initial observation (Parent ego) or emotional-reaction (Child ego). The Adult ego acts as the data processing center which combines and compares information from all 3 ego states together. The most crucial role of the Adult ego state is checking of Parent-ego observational data in order to help make decisions. An example of this is; “I see that Harry ate all of the cake and has now been sick. Mom was right—eating too much eat food can make you ill”