The personality traffic light illuminates the adult, child and parent natures 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 information and satisfaction as possible from you. Transactional theory on 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 - responses fixed in early childhood
PARENT - Those responses parental in nature.✞
Your complete being is then governed by a kind of personality traffic light.
The PARENT like the red traffic light tends to say, "Stop! You were taught that..."
The middle amber light representative 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. 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! Saint Paul's expressed this clearly in his words in Romans 12.2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."✞