What is Transactional Analysis?
Have you ever agreed or disagreed to any statement? I know that you must have done either of these many a times. Well! this means you know what is Transaction.
When two of you or let’s say two of us would start talking, we engage in social transactions in which one person responds to the other. The study of the same is called Transactional Analysis.
To dig further let me tell you that TRANSACTION is exchange of two strokes between two people.
The first stroke is called “STIMULUS” and the second stroke is called “RESPONSE”.
Transactional Analysis Cycle
The two types of transactions are complimentary and non-complimentary transactions.
They take place when the message put across by using ones ego is received by another person as an expected response carrying a certain ego state.
As things fall as per expectation there is less chance of conflict.
E.g., Check below figures for Parent –Parent, Adult-Adult and Parent-Child transactions showcasing complimentary type of transaction.
A. Parent-Parent Transaction
– Stimulus: Kids nowadays are lazy
– Response: It is a sign of present generation
B. Adult-Adult Transaction
C. Parent-Child Transaction:
They take place when the stimulus and response lines are not parallel.
For example person ‘A’ shows stimulus with adult ego state. However, person ‘B’ shows response with child ego state.
All such situations are great sources of conflicts in any organization.
So, now that you have read a about transactional analysis, you must have realized where you stand.
Every human being will act in either of these above mentioned ego states.
1. Ego state of a Child:
It will have either a parent or a child ego state [adult not yet formed]. They have the several thoughts going in their mind. They feel they have the liberty of fun and carry a carefree behavior. Few may be a storehouse of creativity.
There are child who would copy their parents which they do as they have stored their responses without editing anything. It is very difficult to erase that develops as a child ego state as this have been dwelling in your brain box for ages.
2. Ego State of a Parent:
They have a set of thoughts, feelings and all that they have learned from their parent and others in their lifetime. Some are Nurturing parents who are loving, caring and soft and would give permission for most of the requests you come up with. Some others are Critical parents who would play the role of a person who is authoritative, caring, controlling, and busy sometimes.
3. Ego of an Adult:
Mostly oriented towards current situation and reality and believes in gathering of information. They act like Data Processing Center. They show care, respect, concern, responsibility and maturity. At adult stage a person starts testing the parent data and updates accordingly depending on the result of the test. And simultaneously updates child data too. The refill of data for future use that would serve the best purpose for him/her is what done by every adult.