What is Transactional Analysis (TA)?
Put simply, TA is a way to understand how and why we, and other people, think and act the way we do.
TA provides a framework for understanding personality and how people communicate and develop. The underlying philosophy is one of self and mutual respect and caring and it helps us understand how people tick.
TA is used in counselling, coaching, organisations and in education. It was founded by Dr. Eric Berne, a psychiatrist, who wanted to create something which was accessible to all walks of society. It started to be used in the 1950s and 60s. It is a humanistic therapy which includes elements of psychodynamic therapy and CBT and is particularly useful in helping people understand communication problems and relationships.
Links to other TA websites
The UK Association for Transactional Analysis: www.uktransactionalanalysis.co.uk
The European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA): www.eatanews.org
The International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA): http://itaaworld.org/
The Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis (IDTA): www.instdta.org/