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Welcome! This website was created after a recent swamp of individuals expressed their hunger for more TA.

 

The Transactional Analysis Association (TAA) of Singapore was inaugurated on May 27th 1989. It is currently managed by an executive committee that consists of passionate volunteers who strive to maintain the philosophy of Eric Berne in Singapore. This committee is headed by a Certified Transactional Analyst.

 

The primary objective of TAA is to keep the many TA practitioners in Singapore on par with the latest advances in TA theory and practice, and to encourage members to practice TA in their interpersonal relations at home, at school and at work.

 

The TAA membership is open to all those who are practicing TA or are keen to learn more about TA. The basic TA 101 Course might be a starting point for those interested in getting a general view of the theories. This is a prerequisite to more advanced TA workshops which the association organises regularly.

 

Transactional Analysis began to take flight in the area of psychotherapy during the early 1960s. Eric Berne's theories have since been adopted on a worldwide scale. TA is first a philosophy based on the primary humanistic belief that everyone is OK. It is also a theoretical framework of personality development and functioning. Its design was for the purpose of promoting emotional & behavioural awareness. Transactional Analysts use TA as a tool to help people change.

Eric Berne 1910-1970

(Founder of Transactional Analysis)

 

 

Eric Berne organised the first TA seminar in 1958, San Francisco. It soon became known as TA 101. As membership increased over the years, the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA) formed in 1964. ITAA became a training and certification organisation for its members.

 

Berne continued to develop TA theories till his death in 1970. One of his most valued books was "Games People Play" written in 1964. After 1970, newer theories were developed, these added to the depth of TA philosophy.

Philosophical Assumptions:

"People are OK

Everyone has the capacity to think

People decide their own destiny, and these decisions can be changed"

(Ian Stewart & Van Joines, TA Today)

 

Key Concepts:

Transactional Analysis theory is based on the ego-state model. This is a model used in understanding human transactions on an interpersonal as well as intrapersonal level. The ego-state model consist of three components: Parent, Adult and Child (PAC).?PAC is diagrammed using 3 circles.

 

 

Berne also believed that human beings play "games" with each other. These games are patterns of ways we lived as children. As children, we decide our life 'scripts' which place us in various 'life positions'. Our life positions are determined by the way we received "strokes" or recognitions as children.

 

 

TA is a decisional model that believes in an individuals ability to redecide childhood decisions and consciously work on finding freedom in autonomy.