RTAJ 50th Anniversary

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Transactional Analysis Journal celebrates its 50th Anniversary

We welcome readers to the first virtual special issue of the Transactional Analysis Journal (TAJ) in honor of our 50th volume. We hope that you will enjoy a taste of what this journal has to offer.

The inaugural issue in January 1971 was a memorial to the founder of transactional analysis, Eric Berne, who had died in 1970 at age 60. In that first issue, his colleague Warren Cheney (1971), the editor of that first TAJ, outlined a vision:

While the long-range power of transactional analysis remains to be proven, the TAJ will continue to provide a forum for skeptics as well as believers, for those who would freeze TA into an orthodoxy and those who would expand and improve it. … Eric … more than any of us, insisted that TA needs to be tested, refined, improved, expanded, purged and re-tested, in short, thoroughly subjected to proper research techniques before historically significant claims could be made for it. (p. 5)

The entire team of today’s coeditors, along with ITAA’s Vice President Research and Innovation, were involved in the mammoth task of selecting just 15 articles from around the 1,500 that have been published over the last 50 years. Then, as the team worked together to select articles, we decided on a particular focus: We were keen to showcase more recent articles that had, indeed, broadened and added depth to TA theory. Our aim is to give new readers a taste of how transactional analysts and their colleagues are currently thinking and practicing.

We appreciate the generosity of Routledge/Taylor & Francis in offering to host this virtual special issue so that it could be made available beyond the ITAA membership as well as to TAJ subscribers.  

We hope you enjoy our selection with free access via this page only until December 31, 2020.

Helen Rowland (Coeditor) and Steff Oates, ITAA Vice President Research and Innovation and Guest Editor for This Volume

Cheney, W. (1971). Introducing the transactional analysis journal. Transactional Analysis Journal, 1(1), 5.

Article Title Author(s) Volume Issue Year
Radical Relational Psychiatry: Toward a Democracy of Mind and People Karen Minikin 48 2 2018
Failing to Do the Job: When the Client Pays the Price for the Therapist’s Countertransference William F. Cornell 46 4 2016
Combining Traditional Ego State Theory and Relational Approaches to Transactional Analysis in Working with Trauma and Dissociation Edward T. Novak 43 3 2013
A Relational Approach in Consulting: A New Formulation of Transactional Analysis Theory in the Field of Organizations Servaas van Beekum 45 3 2015
For Whom is the Teacher and for What is the Teaching? An Educational Reframe of the Parent Ego State Giles Barrow 48 4 2018
Forced Migration and Refugees: Trauma Experience and Participatory Care Susanna Ligabue 48 2 2018
Looking for Trouble in Groups Developing the Professional’s Capacity N. Michel Landaiche, III 43 4 2013
Transactional Analysis Transforms Community Care Workers in South Africa Karen Pratt & Mandisa Mbaligontsi 44 1 2014
To Change or Not to Change: Reflections on the Role Games Play in Maintaining Psychic Equilibrium Lis Heath & Steff Oates 45 2 2015
Falling Apart and Getting It Together: The Dialectics of Disintegration and Integration in Script Change and Self-Development Jo Stuthridge 47 1 2017
Children and Their Monsters: Childhood Trauma and Transactional Analysis Stefano Morena 44 2 2014
Incredibly Different and Amazingly Similar: A Debate on the (Im)possibility of Scientific Research in the Human Sciences Anne de Graaf & Esther de Graaf 47 2 2017
Beyond Symbiosis: The Role of Primal Exclusions in Schizophrenic Psychosis Zefiro Mellacqua 44 1 2014
Culture Shock and Identity Ioana Cupsa 48 2 2018
Life Offline: Stories of Connectedness in Faith Communities Trudi Newton & Karen Pratt 49 2 2019
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