The personality traffic light illuminates the adult, child and parent in all of us. When you begin a conversation with somebody you can be sure that they need what you have to give. Their goal is simply to obtain as much satisfaction as possible from you. The Christian's role is to introduce Christ as a new element in a person's life in order to increase their satisfaction still more! Transactional theory in the personality traffic light explains that an individual acts in accordance with a system of feelings accompanied by a related set of behavior patterns. Combined together the feelings and behavior patterns are called "ego states." These can be classified under three headings:
ADULT - Objective appraisals of reality
CHILD - Fixed in early childhood
PARENT - Parental figures.✞
Your complete being is then governed by a kind of personality traffic light.
The PARENT tends to say, "Stop! You were taught that..."
The middle amber light of the ADULT asks the question, "Are you ready?"
The green light in the personality traffic light is for the CHILD who wants to "Go... Go... Go..."
The Christian personality is enclosed by the God element. All his or her feelings and behavior patterns are influenced by his or her relationship with God. In Saint Paul's words, "Do not conform yourself to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind."✞