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Personality Adaptations: A New Guide to Human Understanding in Psychotherapy and Counselling [Paperback]

Vann Joines , Ian Stewart
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  • Paperback: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Lifespace Publishing (Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187024401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870244015
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personality Adaptations 4 Aug 2010
By Ged D
I was introduced to this title as part of my (psychotherapist) training, and what a wonderfully insightful, informative, and intriguing read it is. As the title suggests, we humans have overlay-ed our 'natural' personality with another 'adapted' personality, as a means of having our infantile needs and desires met by our caregivers and environment. The authors (Joines & Stewart) list six variations of these (three Surviving and three Performing) adaptations, as follows;- Brilliant Skeptic (Paranoid), Charming Manipulator (Anti-Social), Schizoid (Creative Daydreamer) (Surviving) and Histrionic (Enthusiastic Over-Reactor), Obsessive Compulsive (Responsible Workaholic) Passive-Aggressive (Playful Resistor) (Performing).

Much of this text is devoted to the building blocks e.g. Drivers, Injunctions, Scripts (Inc, variations and processes), Life Positions, as well as behaviours, speech patterns, and thought processes, which constitute each 'adaptation'. Once each has been constructed, the authors then go on to look at inter-compatibility, and working with each personality type, represented in a case study, in a therapeutic setting

I have to admit to being rather sceptical at first, but having absorbed much of the 'profile' materials and observed them in real-life situations, I have to say that I am amazed by the authors' accuracy. Whilst reading about my `adaptation' (Schizoid), I was particularly struck by the phrase "...and like to wear hats. Or beards..." p.84 because...guess what?

Like their other collaboration (T.A. Today (1987) Lifespace) the presentation of this work is clear, easy to read, and accessible.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
This book cleverly and simply leads you through, chapter by chapter, a diagnostic process that is both simple and engaging.
It pulls together several concepts into a useful model and will become a well used tool for working with clients.
As I work on my case study, this book will be an invaluable aid and will become as well thumbed as this duo's previous book TA Today.
The great thing about their writing is that they make it readable for both novice and expert. I often recommend their previous title to clients which is an indication that their writing is easy to take in.
I am normally switched off by charts and diagrams, but these ones make sense and you build up each layer, piece by piece, so by the time it's all presented as one model I wasn't phased by it.
Now, if I could get them to write my case study and exam questions I'd be very happy!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpful book... 26 April 2012
By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 500 REVIEWER
Some things are deceptively clever...

Personality Adaptations is based upon the Process Communication Model - google Dr Taibi Kahler - psychologist to the stars literally. Dr Taibi Kahler was the clinical psychologist for NASA amongst other things - presidential advisor and all round great guy.

Anyway, I digress, Vann Joines has taken this model and with Ian Stewart they have gone a slightly different path from Taibi and co-created a very usable therapy model.

Rather than attempt to explain or critique the book or model, I would rather ask you to buy the book and find somewhere nice to sit-down for a weekend and flick through it. Then, start wondering about yourself and people you know because this model produces some uncanny and accurate predictions about the way we communicate and behave in relation to others and also to ourself.
I use this model all the time because it helps to "normalise" distress and explain that we are similar yet different. It also helps create very common experiences with another person.
It can seem a little bit like magic when talking with someone and they go - oh my god - that's exactly what happened - or that's exactly how I think / feel or behave.

Even understanding we have a pattern of thinking and feeling and acting can be life changing and it is really simple to begin explaining. And that's when the fun starts because it is a model of many layers and is a bit like a hologram. You can take a seemingly inconsequential bit of behaviour or even a lack of behaviour - think "Be Strong" and it is diagnostic...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have reference 21 Aug 2012
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As a professional counsellor, I find this book an essential reference book, and recommend it to anyone who wants to study, or use Transactional Analysis in their work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Very informative, well written and interesting book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must. 1 April 2014
By Sally
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Simply written and easy to understand. It explains personality adaptations so clearly it is a must for anyone studying TA.
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