In this short paper I shall very briefly discuss the basic theories of Transactional Analysis. First we must have an understanding of what transactional analysis, or TA as it is familiarly called, is about. It is not, for our purposes, primarily a clinical psychology; although it is being used for a great deal of sociological work, and has developed into extensive clinical practice as well. TA was initiated by Dr Eric Berne during the early 1950s; he was interested in identifying states of mind, and originally postulated the human mind being divided into three distinct moods — or, as he called them, Ego States. He called these the Parent, the Adult, and the Child.
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