Bibliography of Writings in English

1. Schmid, B., (1984). Theory, Language and Intuition. In: TA – The State of the Art – a European Contribution, Erika Stern (ed.). Foris-Publications, Dordrecht/Holland – Cinnaminson/USA, p.61-65.

2. Schmid, B. and Jager, K., (1984). ‘Breaking through the Dilemma-Circle”. In: TA – The State of the Art a European Contribution, Erika Stern (ed.)Foris-Publications, Dordrecht/Holland – Cinnaminson/ USA, p. 107-118.

3. Schmid, B., (1988). Theory and Identity in the TA -Community. Newsletter European Association for Transactional Analysis (Ed.), Newsletter No.33, p.5, No.34, p.5-7, No.36, p.7-8, No.37, p.8-10

4. Schmid, B. (1988) The Toblerone Model of Competence for transactional analysis, EATA newsletter. (German 1990 ZTA 7/1)

5. Schmid, B., (1989). Acceptance Speech: Een concept om met theorie en identiteit in de T.A. – gemeenschap om te gaan. In: Strook, Tydschrift voor Transactionele Analyse 2, p.49-58. Englische version as paper for the speech on EATA assembly.

6. Schmid, B., (1991). Intuition of the Possible and Transactional Creations of Reality. In: Transactional Analysis Journal 3, p. 144-154.

7. Schmid, B. (1994) Transactional Analysis and Social Roles. The Maastricht Papers, Selection from the 20th EATA Conference. 10.-14. July 1994. Maastricht, the Netherlands, S. 30-44.

8. Schmid, B. (1996) The Reality-Constructive Perspective Transactional Analysis In Organizations First Volume Of Selected Articles 1974-1994 Drs. Sari van Poelje / Dr. Thomas Steinert (Editors).San Franncisco, USA: ITAA International Transactional Analysis Association, 1996.Publiziert über: Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e. V. Hagen

9. Schmid, B. (2005) On the Way to a Culture of Responsibility in Organizations accepted TAJ special on Organizations (German 1997, 2004 , 2005)

10. Schmid, B. (2005) Inspiring background images and the use of the “theatre metaphor” in professional coaching. Paper (included in participants package on CD Ed. Julie Hay) Conference 30.11./1.12.2005 European Mentoring and Coaching council) (German 2001 + 2004)

Acceptance Speech – Notations Accepting the First EATA-Award 1988 in Blackpool

Notations accepting the first EATA-Award 1988 in Blackpool

Dear Colleagues!

I thank the EATA bodies very much for the honor to get the first EATA Award 1988. I share this honor with Klaus Jäger, an organizational member of EATA, who helped me to write down my ideas about dilemma dynamics and approaches to treat them. I also welcome the invitation to this EATA conference and the 1.000 Sfrs, which go along with the prize. The money will be spent to GREENPEACE to support this organization in its most important contribution to the survival of us all. I hope that you and me will find ways to cultivate the garden, which our children and we want to live in and to enjoy.

I am grateful that I have the opportunity today to talk to you about some of my ideas concerning the development of TA.

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Working Styles, Chapter 6 of Working it Out at Work

Could this be you?

Chris gets through a lot of work, by doing everything very quickly. Chris moves fast, thinks fast, talks fast, and seems to do everything so much more quickly than most people.

However, every so often Chris makes a mistake through rushing so much – and then it takes twice as long to put it right – especially as Chris seems intent on finding a shortcut instead of taking time to work it through again.

Chris also has a bad habit of arriving late at meetings, and of needing to leave early to get to the next meeting! And during the meeting Chris is quite likely to be openly impatient and interrupt a lot, so that people feel pressured and hurried.

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Dishonesty and Neurosis

[Note: this article begins with several Patient/Therapist dialog examples; the author discusses their implications in a section at the end of the article.]

Pt: (Looking down and back up) I don’t know what’s the matter with me…
Ther: (Thinks “I’m supposed to ask what’s the matter with him, but he’s pretty passive, so I’ll wait”)
Pt: (After a long pause) I guess I’m sorta… I don’t know…. depressed. I guess.
Ther: But you’re not sure?
Pt: Yeah, I’m…. I guess… I’m depressed all right.
Ther: Did you know that when you came in, or did you just figure that out?
Pt: I guess I knew it when I came in… sorta, anyway.
Ther: But you said you didn’t know. I’m puzzled.
Pt: Well, I guess I kinda knew, but… (long pause) My wife and I had this big argument last night, and…
Ther: (interrupting) Is this about your depression?
Pt: Yeah! See..
Ther: (interrupting) We can come back to that in a few minutes. I’m feeling unfinished about what we started with.
Pt: (looks puzzled) What….?
Ther: When you said you didn’t know what was the matter with you, but then later you said you did know. I said I was puzzled by that.
Pt: I don’t know what you mean (half-smile, looks down, then back up).
Ther: (Thinks “Now I have to make a choice, to stay with the earlier confusion or this second instance, because he certainly does know what I mean. The pattern is he professes to be confused when he really for some reason doesn’t want to connect directly. I’ll stay with the current instance because it’s the same issue but maybe a little clearer…”) (smiling) Why do you say you don’t know what I mean when in fact you do? Seems to be almost habitual.
Pt: It gives me time to think, I guess. Yeah, I guess that’s it.
Ther: (Thinks “He never says things straight out, but always with the ‘I guess’ or ‘soda’… I wonder if that’s part of the same mechanism”) Does it seem to you that you’re under time pressure to answer me? (before client can reply, therapist continues:) Take all the time you want (grins).
Pt: (looks uncomfortable) Yeah, I guess I…
Ther: (interrupts, says with emphasis:) No, take all the time you want.
Pt: What? Oh. I’m.. I guess I I don’t know why I do that.
Ther: I don’t agree with you. You do that so consistently, in such an organized way, that I’m convinced there is a specific purpose behind your behavior, even if it’s not easy to put into words.
Pt: I guess I’ve always done that.
Ther: (Thinks “At least he acknowledges what he’s doing. A step in the right direction ) (Half-way through a session.
Pt is a nurse who is chronically suicidal and sometimes depressed)

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USATAA Structure

USATAA is the organization of professionals and other interested persons living in the United States of America who subscribe to the theory and practice of Transactional Analysis.  Those who live outside of the USA may join as non-voting Associate Members.

USATAA is governed by a Coordinating Council consisting of five General Members elected by the membership, with participation of the Advisory Board, consisting of Regional Representatives serving six geographical regions. Both General Members and Regional Representatives serve staggered three-year terms.

The Coordinating Council allocates organizational duties among Council members. Currently, the functions are General Coordinator, Coordinator of Communications, Coordinator of Finance, Coordinator of Education, and Coordinator of Programs. Additional non-voting ad hoc members may be appointed by the Council on an annual basis to provide assistance and advice. The immediate past General Coordinator serves as an ad-hoc member for a three-year period following his or her term in office.

USATAA is a grassroots organization which encourages local and regional groups to convene and to propose priorities and activities. For example, the Eastern Regional TA Association is an affiliate of USATAA and the Southwest Region has formed a group called the Southwest Transformers, which holds an annual Southwest Gathering as well as other programs.

Members who wish to participate in committees, activities, or decision-making are invited to contact any of the council members or your regional representative. Your voice will be heard.