The Game Grid

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Stephen R. Lankton


The author presents his own design of a Game Grid which can be overlaid on the original version of the circumplex attributed to Leary (1957). The original Interpersonal Check List (ICL) and associated axes and domains (sections) are retained as the purpose is to prompt individuals to explore their own behaviours and how these link to their life positions and the psychological games they may play. A short history of the ICL used is followed by the introduction of a modified OK Corral which recognises that there are some 'good' games, and a selection of psychological games is allocated to line up with the four major life positions.  Appendices contain the materials, with links to other languages, and detailed instructions which will allow practitioners to apply the approach described. The author concludes with examples of how results may be interpreted and used to help individual clients and partners.

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Lankton, S. (2021). The Game Grid. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research & Practice, 12(1), 3-17.
Author Biography

Stephen R. Lankton

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Diplomate American Hypnosis Board, Fellow American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, is an Emeritus Clinical Member of ITAA due to having been involved with TA for so many years.


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