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Heather Fowlie on Relational Transactional Analysis

  • 11th Feb 2013
  • Heather Fowlie

Transactional analysis was founded by Eric Berne whose aim was to develop a comprehensible, effective, and powerful theory that could be used, as the name suggests, to analyse how people communicate (transact), both with themselves and with others, and where these communications limit intimacy, spontaneity and awareness (Berne, 1961) to open up alternative relational possibilities and expectations.

Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar: About touching Psychotherapists

  • 11th Feb 2013
  • Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar

It is one of our first sessions together, and I offer Deirdre my hand as a way of exploring contact. Deirdre, an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is also experienced as a client, with well over fifteen years of analysis. And yet, the field of body psychotherapy in general and working therapeutically with touch in particular is a completely foreign land for her.

Windy Dryden: The Examined Life - A Rational Emotive Behavioural Perspective

  • 3rd Feb 2013
  • Windy Dryden

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is generally regarded as an approach to counselling and psychotherapy firmly rooted in the cognitive-behavioural tradition. This foundation, however, does not exhaust the features of this approach to therapy. In the first edition of his pioneering book, “Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy”, Ellis (1962) outlines the psychological and philosophical influences on the development of his thought. In these passages it emerges that the youthful Ellis was passionately interested in the practical applications of philosophy. He cites Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius and Bertrand Russell as being particularly influe...

John Rowan: Fighting the ego is not a good idea

  • 1st Feb 2013
  • John Rowan

Some of the great names who have written articles or been interviewed for WIE have been saying that the ego is an enemy who must be fought. It is a cunning and persistent enemy whose campaigns have many twists and turns, and many powerful weapons, and the ability to deceive and damage.