Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Transactional Analysis


"TA is not only post-Freudian but according to its founder's wishes consciously extra-Freudian. That is to say that while it has its roots in psychoanalysis - since Berne was a psychoanalytic-trained psychiatrist - it was designed as a dissenting branch of psychoanalysis in that it put its emphasis on transactional, rather than "psycho-", analysis.

TA is a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change.

1. As a theory of personality, TA describes how people are structured psychologically. It uses what is perhaps its best known model, the ego-state (Parent-Adult-Child) model to do this. This same model helps understand how people function and express themselves in their behaviour.
2. As a theory of communication it extends to a method of analysing systems and organisations.
3. It offers a theory for child development.
4. It introduces the idea of a "Life (or Childhood) Script", that is, a story one perceives about ones own life, to answer questions such as "What matters", "How do I get along in life" and "What kind of person am I". This story, TA says, is often stuck to no matter the consequences, to "prove" one is right, even at the cost of pain, compulsion, self-defeating behaviour and other dysfunction. Thus TA offers a theory of a broad range of psychopathology.
5. In practical application, it can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of many types of psychological disorders, and provides a method of therapy for individuals, couples, families and groups.
6. Outside the therapeutic field, it has been used in education, to help teachers remain in clear communication at an appropriate level, in counseling and consultancy, in management and communications training, and by other bodies."

It is a theory - some have gotten value from it.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy suggests that people can change when the desire to act is there and techniques for change are regularly practiced.

The power is with the individual and not in the past.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Moving forward

Funny isn't it, how we see the shortcomings in others but not in ourselves!

A month since I wrote on this blog! That says a lot!

It is to be a chronicle of my moving forward.

Since I was last here I have begun reading Robert Schuller's book "Move ahead with possibility thinking."

While it has a deeply religious message, that I appreciate the spirituality of, it also has an emphasis on seeing the potential in a situation.

I still need to work on that!

That journey of 1,000 miles, beginning with just one step. Still needs the others to follow!