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127 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most informative book I have
I am not involved with psychology or counselling but the contents of this book have illuminated a new direction for me: in terms of how I go about my work, how I regard myself and how I regard others. It is blissfully free of 'sciency' words and hence it can be read without frequent reference to a latin/medical dictionary. It is a treasured addition to my bookshelf.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Info in One Book
I first became interested in TA way back in the late eighties. I read a number of books on the subject including most of Berne's publications. However, I did not take in this book, which was first published in 1987. After a few years, I lost interest. A few months ago, I bought this book on a whim and decided to reaquaint myself with the subject.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic contribution to this field, 1 Nov 2006
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I've read other books on this subject and have found them to be a bit heavy. This books manages to get the balance between doing justice to the topic and being readable. A lot of great examples are used. Buy it, just don't forget to read it. This book will never leave my library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magic book of spells and enchantment..., 29 April 2012
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Mark Stipanovsky (London) - See all my reviews
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TA Today is a magic book...

It metamorphosises before your very eyes every time you pick it up.

Transactional Anslysis is much more than just a theory of psychotherapy, it has it's own philosophy and Ian Stewart and Vann Joines have created a masterpiece of communication.

Being able to communicate clearly is a skill and a very worthwhile skill to posess. It also can be very beneficial in many different areas of your own life if you do more than just understand stuff you read.

If you choose to apply Transactional Analysis to yourself, others and your current view of the world - magic happens - hence the title of this review.

I have a very personal story regarding TA Today because I was studying and reading this book - in fact I am still studying and actually currently supervised by Ian Stewart - and was reading TA Today in my car whilst watching my son play football. I thought I was watching my son play football when actually I was sitting in a car learning the theory of TA...

The following year I was on the sidelines - still holding the book and more engaged in the actual watching of the football.

This year I am on the sidelines screaming and shouting and encouraging my son and fully engaged... And this year - they have just won the league - a happy ending... Or the beginning of a better "Script"...

This book has taught me so much and each time I pick it up I learn something new. It is also really readable - which is not the case for every psychotherapy book you pick up.

Content wise - the book covers the philosophy and theory of Transactional Analysis in a very reader friendly format and is now firmly established as one of the standard text books on the subject...

The book has 7 main headings:
1. Introducing TA - covering key ideas and the philosophy...
2. Picturing Personality - an in depth coverage of the theory of Ego States. If you want to delve even further into this bit of TA called Ego States then also buy Ego States edited by Charlotte Sills and Helena Hargaden (another great TA book - and has a bit from Adrienne Lee which I like - more bias as she has been a very good influence for me and my family)...
3. Communicating - check out the bit of theory called "Options"... Brilliant.
4. Writing our own life story - the theory of scripts - now here's an interesting bit of TA - and my take on this is you might as well write a happy ending and then be prepared to live into it...
There's also a great chapter on life positions and the great thing about TA is that all these ideas can stand alone and create change in less than the time it takes to boil a kettle...
5. Making the world fit our scripts - aka how we Fxxk things up and don't solve problems... Quite self explanatory until you realise how much we mess things up out of awareness and also then realise we can do something different and learn that it's OK to be successful, be well and so forth...
6. Justifying our script beliefs - aka "The Righteousness Gene". Cutting your nose off to spite your face. It still amazes me the amount of blind spots I continually uncover in me and also in the people I work with. Helping to understand and normalise what we feel or think or do - or even don't do is quite a big part of getting better. Understanding your own personal "racket system" and learning how to communicate this to others is life changing for real. A racket system is how we justify our experience and perception of what's going on - it isn't reality but we act as if it's true. This is a great TA model and it's not as straightforward as it seems due to our own blind spots - anyway, uncovering your own racket system will change your life for the better. And as this is the focus of my own journey - the journey of getting better - I have persevered until I could understand this bit of theory and apply it to me...
7. Changing - using TA contractually to create change covering effective use of contracts and much more. It also has a wee bit about different schools of TA, a wee bit about Eric Berne and how TA came about and Ian Stewart has also written a biography of Eric Berne if you want to delve a bit deeper.

Each heading is then broken into easier to digest snippets or chapters and then covers a particular bit of theory in a quite structured way such as ego states or scripts and uses very interesting experiential exercises to help consolidate the learning...

And this is what makes the book so useful. Take one piece of theory and then use yourself as a case history - participate in the exercises - did I mention exercises?

The book is full of great exercises that help bring TA to life and again take some time and play about with them.

It has some good appendices, resource list, books by Eric Berne, winners of the Eric Berne Memorial Scientific Award, addresses of the relevant TA associations and even covers the TA 101 exam...

Anyway, I am very biased - I even got to visit America and meet Vann Joines and that's another story in itself...

Buy it and change your life...
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars T.A. Today, 8 Sep 2005
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I have just purchased this book through Amazon.co.uk, A mate had gone on a course for his company to learn about T.A and he had told me all about it, I was very fascinated by it and saw this book, I have read through it and it is a very good book, It has opened my eyes in my day to day pursuits in my work, watching how people interact with each other and picking out which ego-state they are in, this is a great book and very interesting. I bought it as I am interested in this subject and I believe its going to be a developing tool for me at work & socially.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take your Time, 3 Dec 2013
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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On the face of it transactional analysis is a very simple theoretical model. There are 3 modes of conversation or transaction - parent, adult or child; where the parent repeats the past utterances stored as memories, the adult is the balanced person who can develop a future and think through solutions and the child is the mode that people developed in response to the world when they were children.

Within any given day "everyone" oscillates between these modes as they come into contact with other people who are also oscillating between these modes, thereby creating transactions. This also creates a social nexus. For those who were hammered as children, the ability to reach the adult mode, somewhat varies as they remain trapped between being the beaten (child) and seeking superiority for their humiliation (parent). They operate a personal script which feeds into their self talk.

This is the basis of so many problems within the social world as no one has assisted them to break out of this script. The adult mode meanwhile is the mode where everyone can transcend these dynamics. So Berne and Stewart/Jones detail once these basic concepts are grasped how this takes place.

Now this is where it becomes complicated, because the parent, adult child modes then fracture into positive and negative elements, existing within each. Then they detail how they interact and enmesh, so then it becomes even more complicated.

So from the original easy to digest comprehension of the world, the reader is led into a deeper and deeper maze of human complexity. This book is absolutely astounding, however do not run through the jungle. Some people obviously can work their way through it faster than others; this may either be because they know themselves and also others - or they glib, two facets of the adult mode. For others it may take days, months, years to get through a few pages. This is because this is NOT a pop psychology book. It is not a Quick Fix, this is book details how to undertake major emotional repair work and this requires patience and introspection or someone you can trust.

To undo emotional damage can take a few seconds, if you have a brilliant relationships with someone who is self reflective, or it may take months of wandering around trying to put the pieces together. This is because each person's predicament is unique to them. Each requires a bespoke solution. Therefore this takes some hard work.

This book will help to guide you there, as it is both easy to comprehend in its complexity. Transactional Analysis is one of the few therapeutic techniques, if undertaken organically rather than reading a "script" which allows the person to work through major damage and come out the other end. Praise cannot be given enough.

Cannot be recommended enough, but take your time, then it will be worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As though I have an extra sense to easily read people now, 17 Mar 2012
Brilliant theory and book! So simple, elegant, and accessible!

I work in primary and secondary mental health care, and having read this, it has hugely enabled me to better my assessments and interventions with clients from the very first meeting. From the text, I'm now aware of and able to minimise my hot buttons and pre-empt me activating a storm of critical parent, or negative adaptive child.

I originally couldn't make head nor tail of this a few years ago. Tried it again this year, and it all fell into place without much effort. Admittedly, I've undergone lots of personal development in this time.

Love the theory and the practice that it so readily lends itself to. The chapters are well explained in a friendly enough without droning on or outstaying its welcome.

Thoroughly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written but maybe geared towards therapists, 5 July 2011
This is well written and easy enough to understand. As a complete novice on the subject, there is obviously a lot to take on. I will probably need to go back occasionally and use the book as a reference book. Got the feeling that it was geared towards therapists rather than people merely interested in the subject
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 2 April 2013
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studying counselling at the minute on level 4 , I find that this theory is very interesting and i could identify with many parts explained within, gives explaination for many learnt patterns and behaviors gained in our childhood, bringing awareness and knowledge to challenge change if wanted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Info in One Book, 6 Feb 2013
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I first became interested in TA way back in the late eighties. I read a number of books on the subject including most of Berne's publications. However, I did not take in this book, which was first published in 1987. After a few years, I lost interest. A few months ago, I bought this book on a whim and decided to reaquaint myself with the subject.
I found this book to be very well written, but it has a major problem: there is just too much information crammed into a fairly small book. The principles of TA are actually quite complicated (but not in a scientific way) and cannot be properly explained in a textbook of less than 300 pages. I would definitely not reccommend this book to somebody who is new to TA and would like to fully understand it. With my background, however, I found it easy to read. Having read TA theories in other books, this one was easy to keep up with. And there were other TA concepts which I had not come across before. This book should have been about 600 pages - that is what was necessary to properly do the job that it was trying to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good reference book, 4 Jan 2012
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I need a book to accompany a course in TA and this is a very user friendly companion that explains the strange jargon and unique concepts very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TA, 27 Aug 2011
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If youre looking for an introduction to TA, this is the best book you can buy, dispite it being very old.
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