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 TitleAuthor(s)VolumeIssueYear
Radical Relational Psychiatry: Toward a Democracy of Mind and PeopleKaren Minikin4822018
Failing to Do the Job: When the Client Pays the Price for the Therapist’s CountertransferenceWilliam F. Cornell 4642016
Combining Traditional Ego State Theory and Relational Approaches to Transactional Analysis in Working with Trauma and DissociationEdward T. Novak 4332013
A Relational Approach in Consulting: A New Formulation of Transactional Analysis Theory in the Field of OrganizationsServaas van Beekum4532015
For Whom is the Teacher and for What is the Teaching? An Educational Reframe of the Parent Ego StateGiles Barrow4842018
Forced Migration and Refugees: Trauma Experience and Participatory CareSusanna Ligabue 4822018
Looking for Trouble in Groups Developing the Professional’s CapacityN. Michel Landaiche, III4342013
Transactional Analysis Transforms Community Care Workers in South AfricaKaren Pratt & Mandisa Mbaligontsi 4412014
To Change or Not to Change: Reflections on the Role Games Play in Maintaining Psychic EquilibriumLis Heath & Steff Oates 4522015
Falling Apart and Getting It Together: The Dialectics of Disintegration and Integration in Script Change and Self-DevelopmentJo Stuthridge4712017
Children and Their Monsters: Childhood Trauma and Transactional AnalysisStefano Morena 4422014
Incredibly Different and Amazingly Similar: A Debate on the (Im)possibility of Scientific Research in the Human SciencesAnne de Graaf & Esther de Graaf 4722017
Beyond Symbiosis: The Role of Primal Exclusions in Schizophrenic PsychosisZefiro Mellacqua 4412014
Culture Shock and IdentityIoana Cupsa 4822018
Life Offline: Stories of Connectedness in Faith CommunitiesTrudi Newton & Karen Pratt 4922019
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