Transactional analysis is a psychological and social theory of interaction with mutual contracting for growth and change. Transactional analysis is also a cognitive behavioral theory because I help my clients evaluate their thinking, their feelings and the manner in which they act. It was started in 1958 by Dr. Eric Berne, a psychiatrist, that became famous when he wrote the book called Games People Play. He was a very intelligent gentleman that had an IQ higher than 200.
What is a Transaction? It is a stimulus + a response. Transactions are verbal and nonverbal.
The goal of TA is autonomy, which is defined as awareness, spontaneity, and the capacity for intimacy. I teach this statement to my clients by saying: In order to have a balanced life it is important that your responsible, make good choices, and take good care of yourself. These key words: RESPONSIBLE, MAKE GOOD CHOICES OR DECISIONS, and TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF. And I will repeat that over and over and over to them until it becomes part of their thinking.