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An Introduction to Transactional Analysis

An Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Helping People Change

May 2011 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this new edition published by SAGE, An Introduction to Transactional Analysis introduces the theory and practice of Transactional Analysis (TA) which integrates cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic theories within a humanistic philosophy. While most TA books focus on one field, this approach demonstrates the benefits of TA across a wide variety of settings, business and management, education and coaching as well as counseling. Case studies from a variety of contexts bring TA to life for practitioners in any of these disciplines, and the accessible, engaging writing style makes difficult concepts understandable for undergraduates and postgraduates.

Bringing their book into the twenty-first century, the authors 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.

An Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Making Contracts
Ego States: A Theory of Personality
The Analysis of Transactions: Understanding Communication
Functional Analysis: Behavioural Options in Relationship
Strokes and Other Human Hungers
Life Scripts: The Development of a Lived Narrative
Games: Understanding Relational Dynamics
Rackets: Maintaining Scripts in the Internal World
Assessment and The Process of Change
Relating for a Change

What I liked most about this book is its practical nature. Every concept is explained in both a theoretical and real life context.  Every chapter challenges the reader not only to understand but also to use the concepts.  Highly recommended.

Esther Patrick
AICTP Journal

Clear, accessible and comprehensive overview of TA

Ms Deborah Flynn-Harland
Humanities , Worthing Sixth Form College
July 9, 2015

This book gives a thorough overview of Transactional Analysis. Lapworth and Sills are informative and concise, backing up explanations with examples and extending the reader’s understanding by suggesting various helpful exercises to try out.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Kent Adult Education
April 3, 2015

An important read for any therapists interested in TA.

Dr Graham Alexander du Plessis
Department of Psychology, Rand Afrikaans University
August 27, 2015

This is a good introduction to TA. A useful text for new comers to the theory

Ms Melody Harrogate
EHS, Derby univeristy
June 10, 2014

not adopted as another book is been currently used for teaching theory

Ms Von Kelso
Arts and Social Sciences, Hull University
April 24, 2012

This book is a very useful addition to the growing literature on this topic area

Mr Mike Wrigley
Nursing , University of the West of England, Bristol
February 29, 2012

This is an excellent book for students on a counselling skills course. There is a good mix of theory and practice examples for students to apply to their work settings. The book is a good comprehensive resource of TA materials and techniques that students will be able to dip into and integrate to practice, as a theory base and understanding interactions. T A can be applied as an analysis and framework for course work assignments when reflecting on counselling practice in the work setting.

Mr Paul Cassedy
School of Nursing, Nottingham University
November 8, 2011

Really helpful book explaining the background to transactional analysis and the application for anyone who works in people development and change or wants to understand how to work more effectiveley with others.

Ms Joanne James
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
October 19, 2011

Clear and acessible - what I was looking for

Mr Gary Pheiffer
Psychology, London Metropolitan University
October 14, 2011

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Chapter 1

Phil Lapworth

Charlotte Sills

Charlotte Sills is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice and a supervisor, trainer and consultant in a variety of settings. She has been working in the field of psychological therapies since 1979 and is a BACP senior accredited supervisor, a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University. Until 2007 she was also part of the Leadership Team at Metanoia Institute where she remains a member of the faculty. Another interest is in the interface between therapy and coaching and she is a member of faculty of the Masters in Executive Coaching and Professor of Coaching at... More About Author

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