Eric Berne, creator of TA

Eric Berne

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About Transactional Analysis

Transactional Analysis was developed by Dr. Eric Berne in the 1950's. Originally trained in psychoanalysis, Berne wanted to create a theory of personality which could be understood and available to everyone

TA Definition

The International Transactional Analysis Association defines transactional analysis as "a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and change."

What does TA offer us?

TA provides us with a theory of:

  • How people function psychologically.
  • How decisions that people make in childhood can continue to influence their thoughts, feelings and behaviour in later life, despite painful consequences.
  •  How people communicate with each other, and why communication breakdowns occur.

TA Philosophy

The basic philosophical assumptions that underline TA are as follows:

  •  People are OK.
  •  Everyone has the capacity to think.
  •  People decide their own destiny, and these decisions can be changed.

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