An analysis of interpersonal behavior and human interactions
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Hooda
Transactional analysis is a method of analyzing and understanding the human behavior. It focuses on analyzing the nature of individual’s verbal transactions with each other. It is an intellect tool to understand the people on the basis of behavior and feelings. Eric Berne said the ‘Id’, ‘Ego’ and ‘Super Ego’ are only concepts for human personality. He concluded that each individual’s personality has three aspects or ego states; Parent, Adult and Child. He defines ego as “a coherent convention of feelings and have related to a comparable coherently convention of behavior of the individual”. The interpersonal behavior and interrelationship of an individual philosophy was originally developed by ‘Eric Berne’ in his famous book ‘Games People Play’ in 1964, where introduced the concepts of transactional analysis and games. Thereafter, Thomas A Harris also expressed his view on this philosophy and wrote a book I’m Ok – You‘re Ok. This concept has also been discussed in the writings of Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward, Abe Wegner and Louis Savory. Sigmund Freud suggested that id, ego and super ego are three important states within the human personality that stimulate, monitors and controls the behavior. The purpose of such type of transactional analysis was basically meant for psychotherapy and diagnostic purpose.