Cognitive - Transactional Analysis
The key concepts of Transactional Analysis theory are: the three main states of ego; analysis of transactions; games, rackets and stamps; life scripts; strokes; the OK corral. The underlying belief of cognitive theory is that behaviour is learned through conditioning and personal reward is the main reason for this. 'We are what we think' is a statement that highlights the direct link between thinking and behaviour.
The three domain structure of personality is clearly evident in Berne's model of the parent, adult and child ego states. Applying the knowledge of this theory into everyday life is a simple task. The types of transactions i.e. crossed and complementary are evident when observing human behaviour. The overdeveloped concept of 'games' has an interesting but amusing aspect to it. To take theory into the realms of children's stories is beyond my own comprehension. If the purpose of this was to aid identification in order to validate the theory the perhaps to some degree this has been achieved. Lengthy acronyms do little to convince me that a theory is valid. Life scripts are assumed to have been formed in childhood, the formation of a life script appears rigit, and I suggest that life scipts are formed, changed and adapted on an ongoing basis, through development.
Strokes relate to acceptance and the human need for positive regard, however, person centred theory teaches that the aim of self-actualisation is the achievement of 'independence of the good opinion of others'.Page 1 | Page 1 | Page 10 | Page 11 | Page 12 | Page 13 | Page 2 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 9 |
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