'Through different voices and styles of contributions, including papers, edited talks and panel discussion, this collection explores and applies the principles of relational transactional analysis. It sets them in social, cultural and political contexts, and considers a number of important implications of this particular relational turn in psychotherapy. The book advances relational transactional analyses and, in doing so, reflects the creativity and vibrancy of contemporary TA. The editors have skilfully brought together different generations of TA practitioners in an accessible and stimulating volume. I commend the editors and highly recommend the book.'- Dr Keith Tudor, author of a number of books and co-author of the article "Co-creative transactional analysis" in the Transactional Analysis Journal. He is Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Table of Contents
For whom the bell tolls -- Introduction -- Principles of Relational Transactional Analysis -- Principle 1: The centrality of relationship -- The use of self in psychotherapy -- A response to Diana Shmukler’s keynote speech—the use of self in psychotherapy -- Principle 2: The importance of engagement -- Therapeutic involvement -- Countertransference self-disclosure -- Principle 3: The significance of conscious and nonconscious patterns of relating -- Dynamic ego states—the significance of nonconscious and unconscious patterns, as well as conscious patterns -- Aspects of selfhood -- Principle 4: The importance of experience -- The importance of experience -- Person to person: a meditation on a two-person practice -- Principle 5: The significance of subjectivity and self subjectivity -- Subjectivity and intersubjectivity -- Rackets and racket feelings: breaking through the racket system, a case of transformation of experience in short-term therapy -- Principle 6: The importance of uncertainty -- What do I do now? Grappling with uncertainty in a postmodern world -- The importance of uncertainty -- Principle 7: The importance of curiosity, criticism, and creativity -- Fighting for a mind of one’s own -- Where do we dwell? -- Principle 8: Working with adults -- The reality of the functioning and changing adult -- The development of Adult capacities through relationship -- Relational Transactional Analysis in Context -- Working with difference relationally -- Cross-cultural transactional analysis -- Lost and found in translation: therapy and the bilingual self -- Transactional analysis and the wider world: the politics and psychology of alienation -- Relational practices and interventions: neuroscience underpinnings -- The erotic relational matrix revisited -- Relational transactional analysis and group work -- Is relational transactional analysis psychotherapy terminable? -- The Implications for Professional Practice -- Relational transactional analysis and ethics—minding the gap -- Reflections on a theme of relational supervision -- Exploring the relational meaning of formula G in supervision and self-supervision -- Relational supervision -- Research and relational psychotherapy -- Reflective inquiries -- The censorship process: from distillation to essence—a relational methodology -- Fostering the freedom for play, imagination, and uncertainty in professional learning environments