This thoroughly revised edition of Transactional Analysis Counselling introduces the theory and practice of TA – which integrates cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic theories within a humanistic philosophy – from a unique relational perspective. While most TA books focus on one field, this approach demonstrates the benefits of TA across a wide variety of helping settings, business and management, education and coaching as well as counselling. Case studies from a variety of contexts bring TA to life for trainees in any of these disciplines, and the accessible, engaging writing style makes difficult concepts understandable for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

Bringing their book into the twenty-first century, expert authors Phil Lapworth and Charlotte Sills provide a brief history of TA followed by individual chapters on the concepts and techniques used. Each chapter is devoted to one concept and includes a detailed definition and description, and suggestions for application in practice. Exercises for student, practitioner and client, boxed summaries, diagrams, checklists and sources of further reading make this the ideal text for use in training.

This book is an essential companion for those embarking on specialist TA courses or studying TA as part of wider training, while those who want simply to integrate TA into their work with people can dip into it as suits their needs.

The Analysis of Transactions: Understanding Communication

The Analysis of Transactions: Understanding Communication
The analysis of transactions: Understanding communication

A transaction is a two-way communication. It can either be internal (intrapsychic) or external (interpersonal). In this chapter we will deal with interpersonal transactions: I speak to you and you speak to me; Stanley waves to Bill, Bill waves back; Lara smiles at Neil, Neil frowns at Lara. A communication is made from one person to another and a communication is returned. In the terms of behavioural psychology, a stimulus is given to which a response is made.

When analysing transactions (which is sometimes called ‘transactional analysis proper’), we can use the PAC structural model of ego states introduced earlier to help understand what is going on between two or more people. When two people ...

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