The Transactional Analysis Egogram - 3 Adult Test

  • Welcome to my Egogram test - The Adult. This is Part 3 of a future series of five tests.

    Caveat: If you don't like reading long introductions, then this test is probably not for you.
    You may also like to take Part 1 Nurturing Parent and Part 2 Controlling Parent Test (the order you taken the tests in does not matter)

    I'll be using the theories of Eric Bern MD the father of Transactional Analysis to determine your true nature. According to Bern's Transactional Analysis theory, every individual's personality is divided into three distinct parts known as Parent, Adult and Child states.

    When the words Parent, Adult and Child are preceded by a capital P, A, or C, they refer to stereotype attitudes and not to actual parents, adults or children. Structural analysis consists of analysing our personality with a view to discovering the nature of our individual states and will help us to better understand who we are and how we have become that personality. Moreover, an enhanced understanding of our personality will help us to work more effectively.


    While the above ego states are are present in all of us simultaneously, only one of these will be in command at any given moment in time. Furthermore, the states do not depend on the individual's age and each presents positive and negative aspects.

    2. The Adult ego state

    While the individual Parent State responds mechanically, the Adult State analyses. When we gather together information, estimate probabilities and do similar tasks, we are in our Adult State. Here we are calm, thoughtful and take clear decisions based solely on facts. The Adult State has nothing to do with our age, as children also have an Adult State.

    Our Adult Ego State is our personality's computer. Its function consists of processing information, of calculating probablities and of taking decisions based on the facts we dispose of. Our Adult Ego State, as well as our Parent Ego State, is necessary for our survival. Our Adult Ego State borrows information from our Parent and from our Child Ego States or gleans these from its own observations of reality, upon which it takes decisions based on the information at its disposal. By proceeding in this way, our Adult Ego State acts as a buffer between our Parent and Child Ego States, examining the information held by the Parent and the Child Ego States in order to determine whether one or the other of these may be applied to a given situation.

    The Adult Ego State combines that information with other information and deduces which realistic adapted action to take in a given situation. Later, on the basis of new experiences, it may question this.

    In many young people the Adult Ego State develops slowly, and if children are not encouraged to think for themselves, their Parent and Child heritages will continue to function like automatic circuits throughout their adult life. It is a commonly made error to believe that an individual will behave like an Adult simply because they have reached the age of adulthood.

    In this test we will examine your Adult state. Unlike the Parent and Child Ego State, the Adult Ego State has no subdivisions

    Reply spontaneously to the following statements. When the described behaviour fits your character or when you agree with the statement made, select the "Mainly true" box, If the contrary is true, select the "Mainly false" box.