Transactional analysis (TA) is an integrative approach to the theory of psychology and psychotherapy. TA was first developed by psychiatrist Eric Berne starting the late 1950s. It came to the forefront of public attention with the 1964 publication of his book. It remained in vogue for a decade. TA reports that we respond in social situations as a Parent – Child – Adult. The healthiest response is that of an Adult who uses reason. As a Parent we scold and think we know best. The least appropriate is that of a Child, who is demanding and can certainly be angry.
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.