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.

Games: Understanding Relational Dynamics

Games: Understanding Relational Dynamics
Games: Understanding relational dynamics

In his Games People Play (1964b), Eric Berne called a game ‘a series of moves with a snare’. The use of the word ‘snare’ is to suggest that, though a particular situation might at first seem ordinary, even pleasurable, it turns out to have a hidden, though predictable, catch in it. He also defines a game more formally as ‘an ongoing series of complementary ulterior transactions progressing to a well-defined predictable outcome’ (ibid. p. 44, our emphasis). We would add that this progression to a predictable outcome develops via a negative crossed transaction at the social level.

Berne's choice of the word ‘game’ is consistent with his proclivity for encapsulating complex psychological dynamics within pithy and sometimes amusing terms. ...

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