Transactional Analysis (TA) was created by Eric Berne in the 1950s and developed over the years by others. He developed a theory with a language and concepts that could be understood by the man in the street. Berne encouraged therapists to teach TA to their clients as he believed it important for the client to take part in their therapy process and have tools to use outside the therapy room.
TA is an integration of theory from 3 main fields, which are Psychoanalysis, behaviourism, and humanism/existentialism.
Transactional Analysis is about understanding and analysing how we interact with other people, the world and ourselves, working with our intra-psychic structure and our interpersonal behaviour.
The philosophical principles of TA are:
- People are OK
- Everyone has the capacity to think
- People decide their own destiny and these decisions can be changed.
If you wish to learn more about TA, I suggest you read the following:
TA Today, Stewart, Ian and Joines, Vann published by Lifespace.