I Don’t Need Therapy, But … Where Do I Turn for Answers? (free e-Book)


by Laurie Weiss

This free 59-page E-booklet addresses anger, grief, depression, responsibility, and personal change.

     “Even conscious, aware, growing people are often puzzled about what to do to solve specific problems in their lives. Although you may realize that you have influence over what happens to you and have been examining your life for some time, when a problem arises you want an answer, a solution, and you want it quickly. Here are answers to questions often asked by people who are growing. They are practical guidelines for getting unstuck and moving on with your life.”

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This e-booklet is a great summary of TA ideas and how you can apply them toward your own personal transformation.  It also has great information for practitioners!  To learn more about TA and to join USATAA, click the link below.

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Transactional Analysis and Social Roles

by Dr. Bernd Schmid, TSTA

TA: Personality, Social roles

Abstract

     In this article the most important TA concepts will be described in such a way that they do not automatically convey the ideas and attitudes of professional psychotherapists or even mere psychological descriptions of reality. Most of the methods of thinking or action familiar from classical TA have been retained, but are formulated in such a way that they can be specified in various areas of Society by varying professionals according to their respective roles and contexts.

The concept of role used here does not coincide with its common meaning in sociology and social psychology (e.g. Popitz, 1967). Roles are partially a question of social Standards in the sense of social patterns of expectation, but nevertheless role experience, role behavior and role relationships of people are seen as the individual’s task of creating. Understanding how to deal with roles in our Society is considered essential for Professional encounters and professionalisation.

l will first describe the concepts from the perspective of the individual. Then l will follow the concepts from the perspective of relationships.

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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.

Other TA Training

Transactional Analysis 101: Theory and Practice of TA

Introductory TA Course
Qualifies as TA Basics for USATAA TA Practitioner Certificate and as TA 101 for membership in ITAA
San Mateo, CA
November 14-15, 2009
Contact gc@usataa.org for details.

Transactional Analysis 202

TA Training Group with Chuck Holland MA LPC Certified Transactional Analyst
Presented by the 7Institute
Ft. Worth, Texas

Call 817-924-6063 or email cwh7institute@yahoo.com for dates and information.

Theory and Practice of Transactional Analysis  

Theory and Practice of Transactional Analysis, Personal Growth Marathons, Couples Workshops, Training for Therapists offered by Southeast Institute in Chapel Hill and Asheville, NC; Nashville, TN; and Louisville, KY.

For more information, visit http://www.seinstitute.com/events.html

Ongoing Training in Communication

Ongoing Training in Communication, Advanced Training with Continuing Education Credit with Dr. Pat Allen More Information

Introduce Yourself to Transactional Analysis

44-page booklet by Leonard Campos, PhD
Second Printing, 2007
This millennial edition of Introduce Yourself to Transactional Analysis  covers the core concepts of transactional analysis in easy-to-understand terms. These include ego states, transactions, games, life scripts and other important concepts. It also helps readers to understand what they can expect of transactional analysis therapy.
http://www.ta-doctor.com/

Emotional Development 101: Discover How to Thrive in the Emotional Landscape of Life


Emotional Development 101: Discover How to Thrive in the Emotional Landscape of Life

With Pamela Levin, R.N., C.T.M.

10 one-hour streaming audio classes you can take without traveling anywhere. Discover how to thrive in the emotional landscape of life.

Next sessions: See www.emotionaldevelopment101.com

Do you know …

  • The emotional tasks you need to carry out to thrive?
  • The unique rules that govern how your emotional brain operates and how to work with each part of it?
  • Which patterns of relating are emotionally nourishing and sustaining and which are toxic?
  • Which aspects of your adult emotional life need to be the same as those of your childhood and which different?
  • That you have an “emotional DNA” code, and how it instructs your emotional life?
  • Which parts of your emotional life are due to “nature”, and which need “nurture”?
  • How to recognize when you need to relate in a “joining with” way and when you need to create boundaries?

Learn the answers to these and many other questions. Learn how to decode emotional signals – your own and others’ – that help you succeed in all aspects of your life. 

Pamela Levin is a nurse counselor and award-winning author who has researched and written about the path of emotional development in life for nearly 40 years. She studied with Eric Berne starting in 1966 and became the first nurse and first woman to be awarded Clinical Membership, then Teaching Membership. She has taught this material to both lay and professional audiences all over the world. Members of the International Transactional Analysis Association from 72 countries around the world voted that she receive the prestigious Eric Berne Award for this work.

For more information, including dates and registration, go to www.emotionaldevelopment101.com

How do I register on the USATAA website?

Following, you will find instructions that should help you get through the registration process:

  1. Visit the website by going to the following link in your web browser:
    http://www.usataa.org/
    (You can either click on the above link, which should take you directly to the website, or copy it and paste into the address bar in your web browser).
    Look at the top right-hand corner of the screen and click the link “Register
  2. Choose a membership level and complete either the Authorize.net (Which is the online option) or offline
  3. Fill in the form and hit send registration
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your payment and registration.

After the registration, you can log in at any time by going to http://www.usataa.org and filling in the login information in the top right hand corner. You will need to provide the username and password you selected during the registration.

You can also check off the “Remember me” box right below the login area. This will save your login information on your computer and you will not need to type it in each time you visit.

Once you log in, you will see some additional items on the right-hand menu that are reserved for registered users. Go ahead and look around and try the various menus.