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ERIC Number: ED113613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 15
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Transactional Analysis Model: Modified and Extended.
Hauser, Joseph J.
This theoretical paper explores the implications of some modifications and extensions of the Transactional Analysis (TA) theory of personality and attempts to understand some specific aspects of human nature and behavior in evolutionary terms. "Ego State" as used in TA designates both a structural and functional unit of the personality. The term, "State", refers structurally to a unit of the personality and functionally to a condition of that unit. This paper refers to the structural unit as an Ego Sub-System. The functional unit is referred to as an Ego State Role which is the mechanism whereby the subunits of the Ego Sub-Systems are organized into relatively stable functional units. Among the major assumptions are: more than one Sub-System may be, and typically is, active at a time and each contributes to the quality of the transaction; developmentally and evolutionarily, the Child appears first, then the Adult; the Parent appears last and is an outgrowth and specialization of the Adult, and is specifically related to mankind's heritage of having been a social carnivore; for each major sub-unit of the Child there is a reciprocal and corresponding sub-unit in the Parent. The survival value of guilt and anxiety are briefly explored in relation to human evolutionary theory. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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