Professional Development

4 - The three elements
In transactional analysis we define a person as a whole made up of three components: a Parent component, an Adult component and a Child component. Observing the behavior of a person we can detect changes in their attitude, appearance, words and gestures; these changes are produced within the three states which coexist in one person, that is to say, the elements of the mix we have just discussed.The Parent concept is the taught concept of life, the Adult concept is the thought concept of life and the Child concept is the felt concept of life. That is, the Parent, the taught view of life, is that huge collection of components that make up our idea of what is good and what is bad, what is correct and what is incorrect, what we should do and what we should not do. The Child is the part in each of us of what we like and what we do not like, what we desire and what we do not, what makes us happy, etc. Finally, the Adult makes reference to the thought sphere of life which, in each of us, is made up of the information that we have been recording of our own experiences or that we have been acquiring by means of study processes. We will go into detail for each of these.