Transactional Analysis (TA) has continued to grow and develop ever since its inception by the Canadian-American psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne over a half century ago. It has proven itself to be an extremely useful model for human relations professionals working in a variety of contexts and fields, such as psychotherapy, coaching and counselling, management and organizational development, or parenting and education. TA combines a highly accessible theory on the development of people and systems with a highly practical approach, centered on the possibilities of change, growth and development.
Into TA consists of two parts. Part One comprises ten chapters which each open with a presentation of basic TA theory within the contexts of clinical, consultative and educational activities. Each chapter then discusses contemporary developments in theory and practice, specialized applications, and critical reflections. Every chapter ends with an insight into relationship to other trends: TA concepts are discussed in relation to other theories from psychotherapy, counselling, organizational development and education. In Part Two, TA professionals from all over the globe discuss the application of TA within their specific areas of human relations work: psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, organizational development, and training and education.
This book is for anyone who wants to further deal with the theory and practice of TA knowledge. The book also provides a lot of information for professionals who already use TA. Because of the many examples and the layering of each chapter both beginners and experienced professionals will find much of interest and use in this textbook.
'Into TA is a much-needed overview of contemporary thinking and practice. The authors have successfully applied a format in which readers with different levels of insight or experience in transactional analysis can find their way. In each chapter the authors take the reader on a journey from basic to deeper and broader understanding of the concepts and their context, making bridges to other psychological and organisational theories. By paying attention to the development of theory and practice, the book integrates the notions of changing by insight and changing by doing. In the tradition of Eric Berne, this is a highly recommended book for professionals, clients and patients.'- Servaas van Beekum, teaching and supervising transactional analyst, social scientist and past president of EATA and ITAA; winner of the 2015 Eric Berne Memorial Award'This great book responds to a perceived need in the TA community, something completely new in the literature: a comprehensive textbook of TA theory and practice. The book offers a rich and detailed review on the development of TA theory, which is covered from its beginning to the more recent advancements. It roots Transactional Analysis in a fascinating way into the contemporary discoveries of psychology and neurosciences and presents a complete connection and integration of TA with other psychological theories and approaches. A highly appreciated book, an invaluable present for transactional analysts.'- Marco Mazzetti, psychiatrist, teaching and supervising transactional analyst, past president of EATA; winner of the 2012 Eric Berne Memorial Award