Transactional Analysis, established in the 1950s by Eric Berne, may be considered as both a personality theory and a communication theory. As a result, it is extremely valuable in understanding our own attitudes as well as the attitudes of others in any social scenario, and we may use it as a foundation for creating and sustaining relationships on many levels.
Understanding your roles and deliberately employing them to improve your own communication style provides you an advantage in everyday life. In Transaktionsanalyse, roles are referred to as ego states. There are three ego states known as Child, Parent, and Adult, and you may watch them when you talk, determine your own communication style.
Our earliest communications were as children, and we were praised for our efforts by our parents and other adults. As toddlers, we were surrounded by love and laughter; subsequently, we were taught the social norms of the people around us, and we modified our Kommunikation patterns to what we learned was suitable for a context.
From our earliest contacts, we learnt how to play the position of parent, but over time, that role split into two separate personal approaches, and we could play both the Caring Parent and the controlling Parent. The Nurturing Parent is kindly, sympathetic, and empathic. But controlling parent set the rules and demand obedience from the child.
We are reasonable and sensible when we utilise the Adult personal style, and we comprehend the repercussions of our actions. We can create methods, solve problems, and reach compromises. It all sounds great, but this unique approach can come across as pedantic and, to be honest, dull.
As you can see, we all have access to the five personal styles, and each state is as essential. To communicate effectively, we must be able to summon all five and use them to extend our zone of influence over others when they display their ego states to us.