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on 6 August 2012
Some books start well and fizzle out. Some books start well and keep flowing with "stuff" that makes you want to keep turning the pages and going wow...

And some books are life changing + right up to the last page...

"Imagine you're 100 years old and you decided to reflect back on your life."

This is on the very last page of this amazing book and is part of an experiential exercise to ensure you "look back" at a life well lived...

This is a "core" text of Transactional Analysis - a theory of personality / personality development / intrapsychic functioning / interpersonal relating and a philosophy and ever expanding system of helpful change techniques.

Stan Woollams and Michael Brown start with an introduction to TA as it is affectionately known and then go on to cover Transactional Analysis as it was in 1978 - when this book was originally published.

Chapter 2 covers ego states and explains the difference between structure and function amongst other things. If you are interested in delving deeper into Ego States then also buy the book by Helena Hargaden and Charlotte Sills which is very good and called funnily enough "Ego States"...

Chapter 3 covers Strokes - a theory of communication and relating and is a stand alone piece of TA that may change your life + especially if you "learn" how to embrace unconditional positivity into your life...

Chapter 4 is brilliant and covers "how to map" how we actually relate and transact with each other. The next sentence is what I like to call - one sentence therapy - and this is worth the price of the book on its own...

"I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant..."

Chapter 5 covers Time Structuring and again this is an integral part of learning how to enhance your own life and enhance the lives of those around you. Martha Beck (non TA) has wrote a wonderful book called "the 4 day Win" and it has a great paper and pencil exercise called a day map which complements this part of TA extremely well.

Chapter 6 talks about human development and the different stages we all pass through - if we're lucky - and get stuck in - if we're not so lucky. It also covers a specific part of TA theory called Reparenting which may be helpful for certain people.

Chapter 7 is one of my favourites and I use the concepts of Life Positions and the OK Corral on a daily basis because they can be explained as stand alone ideas that are helpful within 5 minutes of learning them and can change your life rapidly...

Chapter 8 is about Rackets and Games and another one of the better chapters in the book for me - just because it covers the "Drama Triangle" which is a really simple and profound change tool.

Chapter 9 covers Script and is another major part of TA theory. We create a story out of awareness and then spend the rest of our life "living it"... And if it's our creation - then the good news is we can recreate it - we can enhance it - and most importantly we can change it and update it with more relevant up to date info...

Chapter 10 covers the changing bit - the Redecision bit of TA and also has 4 pages discussing cure... It talks about 2 types of treatment - Supportive treatment and Reconstructive treatment - if you want to know the difference then buy the book and read page 210...

Chapter 11 puts it all together and is called "The Script in Action". This chapter then explains what's actually going on in Transactional Analysis terms and is probably worth reading more than once + maybe straight after the introduction as it sort of helps make sense of the rest of the book.

Chapter 12 is all about putting TA theory into practice and actually treating people with Transactional Analysis in a certain way. It also covers different "schools" of TA, treatment planning, contracts and much more...

There are also experiential exercises at the end of the book - hence the title of the review...

Transactional Analysis is a theory that is very close to my heart because I have been able to use it very effectively in many areas of my own life - as well as being very successful therapeutically in lots of different things - addiction - weight loss - anxiety - depression - because it has a common language that is intuitively helpful.

This is a very helpful book and one that I wholeheartedly endorse and will encourage you to buy...

So, if you're into "getting better" then this is worth adding to your collection of helpful books.
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on 15 December 2014
very good indeed
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