Groups in Transactional Analysis, Object Relations, and Family Systems: Studying Ourselves in Collective Life

Author(s) : N. Michel Landaiche III

Groups in Transactional Analysis, Object Relations, and Family Systems: Studying Ourselves in Collective Life

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'Mick Landaiche has done us all a great service in bringing together his excellent writing on living and learning through groups. For those not familiar with his work, Mick brings his understated style to exploring his longstanding experience of working with groups. Opening with a cautionary hesitation about being in group processes, Landaiche expertly navigates the complexity of group life that, in its unfolding, demonstrates that neither he, nor us as readers, can be anything other than immersed in the business of being together. Transactional analysis had its early history rooted in group work, which whilst innovative in its time, has at times, been overlooked as the central arena in which our practice and training takes place. In this much needed title, Landaiche resets the dial, reminding us of the enduring complexity and promise of what it is to be with others.' - Giles Barrow, MA, MEd, PGCE, TSTA-Education, author and co-editor of Educational Transactional Analysis.

'Perhaps the best treatise on the nature of collective life that I have ever read. Landaiche brilliantly integrates object relations and other psychoanalytic theories of the mind with Transactional Analysis, family systems theory and the author's own unique perspectives honed over the course of a lifetime in and out of the treatment room. Indeed, it is the interweaving of personal and theoretical that makes this work unique and compelling, providing the reader with both an overview and deeply sophisticated understanding of the complex nature of groups. This book will be of great value to anyone with an interest in how we learn, lead and function in groups-psychotherapy, classroom, societal and the gamut.' - Steven Kuchuck, DSW, President of IARPP, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; editor of the Gradiva Award-winning Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst's Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional

'Michel Landaiche draws up the work of the "three B's"-Berne, Bion, and Bowen-to offer an understanding of group cultures, group process, and the experience of learning in groups. Written in a voice both clear and humble, this book addresses the somatic, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of group life and work. While the content is rich and stimulating, I found the ways in which Landaiche involves himself deeply and honestly into his own learning in and about groups, an exceptional demonstration of compassion and respect for the other. I hope this book will be translated into French, so that I will be able to recommend it to my students and clients.' - Isabelle Crespelle, psychologist; psychotherapist; Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst-Psychotherapy; co-founder of the French School of TA; and co-founder and former VP of the French Federation for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

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