The Drama Triangle

I thought I would write another post about an aspect of TA theory I really like, that I use with my clients and they tell me they find really helpful.. Relationship Patterns The Drama Triangle, originated by Steve Karpman, is a way of understanding the repeating patterns we can sometimes get into in our relationships,Continue reading “The Drama Triangle”

Adult Ego State

Here’s the final post on explaining ego states;  one of the ideas in TA I use widely with my clients and that I find really helpful in understanding ourselves and why we think,  feel and behave in the ways that we do sometimes. It was Eric Berne, the founder of Transactional Analysis who originally described an ego state as “a consistent patternContinue reading “Adult Ego State”

Child Ego State

Here’s the second of my posts on ego states.  A piece of Transactional Analysis theory that I think is a useful way of understanding ourselves and something that many of my clients have found helpful.  First, a quick recap on ego states: Eric Berne, founder of Transactional Analysis described an ego state as “a consistentContinue reading “Child Ego State”

Parent Ego State

One of the models I like most in Transactional Analysis is the ego state model.  I generally find that the concept is useful in helping people understand themselves and their relationships better. This is the first of three posts about the ego state model. Structure of personality. I will begin by explaining what an ego stateContinue reading “Parent Ego State”

Take your time.

I recently submitted some paintings for the Great Sheffield Art Show and the night before the submission date  I was rushing to finish a final painting.  I had originally decided to put forward just five pictures and then as the date approached I thought  – I can try to get another piece completed if I “hurry up”.  Needless toContinue reading “Take your time.”

Appraisal Blues?

Salary Reviews For lots of people this time of year is often salary and appraisal/personal development review time, a time when it’s possible to receive lots of what Eric Berne, founder of Transactional Analysis, called Strokes. Stroke is the word that Berne used for the very early needs we have as babies and children forContinue reading “Appraisal Blues?”