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I'm OK-You're OK Paperback – July 6, 2004
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Transactional Analysis delineates three observable ego-states (Parent, Adult, and Child) as the basis for the content and quality of interpersonal communication. "Happy childhood" notwithstanding, says Harris, most of us are living out the Not ok feelings of a defenseless child, dependent on ok others (parents) for stroking and caring. At some stage early in our lives we adopt a "position" about ourselves and others that determines how we feel about everything we do. And for a huge portion of the population, that position is "I'm Not OK -- You're OK." This negative "life position," shared by successful and unsuccessful people alike, contaminates our rational Adult capabilities, leaving us vulnerable to inappropriate emotional reactions of our Child and uncritically learned behavior programmed into our Parent. By exploring the structure of our personalities and understanding old decisions, Harris believes we can find the freedom to change our lives.
About the Author
The late Thomas Harris was a Navy psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Arkansas. He practiced psychiatry in Sacramento, California and directed the Transactional Analysis Association.
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I'm Not OK, You're OK 2. I'm Not OK, You're Not OK 3. I'm OK, You're Not OK 4. I'm OK, You're OK
I remember from my Social Worker class that the Transactional Analysis is the concept of the Parent, Adult, and Child ( P-A-C) ego states that are compose every one of our personalities.
The Parent ego state contains all the information we accept as true that we have gathered from authority figures including our parents.
The Adult ego state is the collection of all information that we have proven to ourselves as being true using our personal logic.
The Child ego state is our natural good and bad side of feelings - love, anger, greed, empathy
To understand yourself or others this is the book to read it will at least give you a break down on possible situations, feelings either your own or somebody's else.
Very highly recommended.