Transactional analysis (TA) is a theory that describes a series of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, or ego states, that affect how individuals interact, communicate, and relate to each other.
The theories about transaction analysis were developed between the 1950s and 1970s by Eric Berne, an American psychiatrist who studied the behavior patterns of his patients. Berne identified three ego states, Parent-I, Adult-I and Childhood-I, and examined how they affect interactions or transactions between individuals. Transactional analysis is used in psychotherapy, but is also used in education and training.
In human relations training, transaction analysis is used as a cognitive aid so that people can better understand and adapt their behavior and develop better ways of communication.
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