Transactional Analysis, also called TA, is a theory of personalities, social relationships and communication. Created in the 1950s by the psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Eric Berne, it postulates “states of the Ego” (Parent, Adult, Child), and studies intrapsychic phenomena through the relational exchanges of two or more people, called “transactions” .
Transactional Analysis aims to provide awareness as well as a better understanding of “what is at play here and now” in relationships between two people and in groups. Transactional Analysis offers reading grids for understanding relationship problems as well as intervention methods to resolve these problems.
Transactional Analysis assumes that everyone is fundamentally positive and that it is the decisions made in our childhood that influence our behaviour; its purpose is to help regain control of self-fulfillment.