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Transactions and States

In Transactional Analysis (TA), behaviours, thoughts and feelings are …

  1. … copied from our parents (critical or nurturing). PARENT ego state
  2. … rational responses to the “here and now”. ADULT ego state
  3. … emotionally replayed from childhood (adapted or free). CHILD ego state

Between two people, transactions across parallel lines are complimentary and work well (i.e. P-P, A-A, C-C). Across diagonal lines things are problematic and they eventually lead to a break in communication (e.g. P-C, A-C, etc).Can you identify some stand-out examples from your immediate environment?

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