The Learning Renaissance

Transactional Analysis in Language, Gesture and Expression

I was very taken when I was first introduced to Transactional Analysis at University. That and Erving Goffman’s Presentation of Self in Everyday Life were probably the two summit points in my Sociology courses.

In both cases, they gave an insight into the world of human interaction which was illustrative and observable. I spent a lot of time observing people when I was at University and could see the machinery in motion.

I brought Transactional Analysis to my teaching career and found that playing the Adapted Child could change the mindset of students and get them behaving more rationally. I remember one student say “For God’s sake Mr Hughes, you are meant to be the teacher!” in her best Controlling Parent voice!

Building the TA repertoire, this chart explores the gestures, expressions and language associated with the various states…


About educationalist04

I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world. My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.

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