The fourth in the Mediator as Conductor series
The concepts embodied in Transactional Analysis are useful tools (musical repertoire) for a mediator. A mediator does not get into the treatment side of TA, she merely uses the information she observes and experiences within a meditation from a TA mindset, to help her understand where each mediatee is coming from. In turn, this process can mediate the mediator's thinking, language (verbal and non-verbal) and demeanor.
In the 1950's, Eric Berne, a US Army psychiatrist treating Post World War 11 and Korean veterans suffering what nowadays would be called Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), found Freudian psychiatry was time-consuming, ineffective, and poorly understood by the average patient. Berne was an excellent listener, a compassionate doctor and a practical thinker. He developed a simple to teach and understand psychoanalysis therapy he called Transactional Analysis.
 Eric Berne,(1958). Transactional Analysis: A New and Effective Method of Group Therapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 12(4), 735–743. doi:10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.19188.8.131.525
Hi JohnThanks for sharing. I agree with your findings.My articles in Pulse over the past 14 mths have been devoted to developing the mentor's mindset of how to be a mentor (rather than the process-focussed "how to mediate").
2. The recent article on TA is part of 6 articles that started with the mentors persona/presence and potential entrainment within a mediation (like a conductor). The next 4 articles focussed on overviews of common psycho-social modalities that could help a mediator recognise the mindsets and worldview of mediatees and respond appropiately. These articles simply outlined the concepts of NLP, Narrative therapy, emotional intelligence, TA and compassion . You may find more to reflect on within these articles.I have uploaded the series (see attachment The Mediator as conductor complete").
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