Transactions occur between people, from one ego-state to another ego-state. A transaction consists of a stimulus and a response. The stimulus and response may be obvious and verbal. Some times they are non-verbal and not so obvious.

Because ego-states are neither good nor bad, they have functional and dysfunctional displays. One clear and simple way to see the functional and dysfunctional displays is to look at the


for dramatic dysfunction over and over

for durable function over time

Knowing a basic set of transactions that are functional and a basic set that are dysfunctional is a great compass. It will keep you from heading into the swamp and turn you toward the sun-lit meadow where you can find warmth and rest in functional relationships. This is one case where a little knowledge can keep you out of a lot of trouble, if you apply it well. The converse is also true.

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