We spent some time learning about Transactional Analysis during Unit 5. TA is a theory and method of therapy which analyses our behaviour and how we relate to others, by determining which ego state each person was in during the interchange. TA defines three ego states – Parent (critical and nuturing), Adult (rational), and Child (adapted and free).
Examining each transaction in this context enables us to deepen our understanding of what was really happening during the interchange, and also increases our understanding of ourselves. As our self-understanding improves, so also does our ability to choose between which ego state we would wish to adopt in future exchanges, which can in turn improve our relationships, and our ability to communicate more effectively.
Given that TA is all about closely observing what is actually happening, this week I’ve adapted a lovely wee pattern I found on New Stitch A Day, called The Fauns Eye. I’ve repeated the pattern a couple of times, and I love the way it looks like lots of sets of eyes looking out!
Row 1 (RS): Ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog, k1
Row 2 (WS): P1, P2tog, p2, yo, p3, yo, p2, p2tog tbl
Row 3: Ssk, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, k2tog, k1
Row 4: P1, yo, p2tog, p7, p2tog tbl, yo
Row 5: YO, k3, k2tog, k1, ssk, k3, yo, k1
Row 6: P2, yo, p2, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, p2, yo, p1
Row 7: K2, yo, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yo, k3
Row 8: P4, p2tog tbl, yo, p1, yo, p2tog, p3