Transactional analysis is a talking therapy and sessions are designed to explore an individual's personality and how this has been shaped by experience - particularly those stemming from childhood. This is achieved through skillful questioning and the utilization of various models, techniques and tools.
In Transactional Analysis, there are three kinds of transactions:
1. Complementary Transactions
In a complementary transaction, reasonable, effective, healthy, and harmonious communication takes place.
One person initiates communication (the stimulus), and the other replies (the response).
2. Crossed Transactions
A crossed transaction will cause communication to break off. Complementary transactions can be easily disturbed by a crossed transaction.
The most common crossed transaction the world over occurs when the stimulus is intended as Adult-Adult, and the response is Child-Parent, although different ego states can be at play in crossed transactions.
3. Ulterior Transactions
Interactions, responses, actions that are different from those explicitly stated
Example #1 how about coming up to my room and listening to some music?