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…