Games People Play: The Basic Handbook Of Transactional Analysis.

Paperback | August 27, 1996

byEric Berne

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We think we’re relating to other people–but actually we’re all playing games.

Forty years ago, Games People Play revolutionized our understanding of what really goes on during our most basic social interactions. More than five million copies later, Dr. Eric Berne’s classic is as astonishing–and revealing–as it was on the day it was first published. This anniversary edition features a new introduction by Dr. James R. Allen, president of the International Transactional Analysis Association, and Kurt Vonnegut’s brilliant Life magazine review from 1965.
We play games all the time–sexual games, marital games, power games with our bosses, and competitive games with our friends. Detailing status contests like “Martini” (I know a better way), to lethal couples combat like “If It Weren’t For You” and “Uproar,” to flirtation favorites like “The Stocking Game” and “Let’s You and Him Fight,” Dr. Berne exposes the secret ploys and unconscious maneuvers that rule our intimate lives.
Explosive when it first appeared, Games People Play is now widely recognized as the most original and influential popular psychology book of our time. It’s as powerful and eye-opening as ever.

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We think we’re relating to other people–but actually we’re all playing games.Forty years ago, Games People Play revolutionized our understanding of what really goes on during our most basic social interactions. More than five million copies later, Dr. Eric Berne’s classic is as astonishing–and revealing–as it was on the day it was firs...

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"We think we're relating to other people-but actually we're all playing games. Forty years ago, "Games People Play revolutionized our understanding of what "really goes on during our most basic social interactions. More than five million copies later, Dr. Eric Berne's classic is as astonishing-and revealing-as it was on the day it was ...

Eric Berne was born Leonard Bernstein on May 10, 1910, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Berne earned an M.D. degree in 1935, and practiced psychiatry in New York. By 1943, he had become an U.S. citizen and took the name Eric Berne. After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he moved to Carmel, California, and in 1946 published his first...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.2 × 5.43 × 0.44 inPublished:August 27, 1996Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Bible If you every wanted to know why some people just don't seem to make you comfortable, this explains so much! I am so glad I got to read this book. My eyes have been opened. Great Read!
Date published: 2009-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Impractical I hate giving bad reviews because I somehow feel unqualified. But, I bought this book because of all the good reviews, and I feel I’ve wasted my money. I must admit, I did enjoy the section on Structured Analysis. It is an interesting theory. First of all, this book was written in the 70’s, so the writing style is old. Secondly, the book is too mathematical, which made me wonder whether the author was talking about robots. Finally, the “games” outlined are very vague and impractical. I believe this book is only useful for therapists. But, here in the real world, it isn’t useful. Overall, I do not recommend this book (Unless you are studying psychology, and then I would recommend “Scripts People Live”, by Claude Steiner, instead). If you are looking for a practical book (and modern) that deals with people and their games, then I would recommend: “Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry”, by Albert Bernstein. I give this book 2 stars for the section on Structured Analysis.
Date published: 2003-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Useful handbook Ever deal with someone whose behaviour just doesn't seem right? This book tells you why. Learn to recognize the ploys and tactics, and how to counter them.
Date published: 2001-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Games People Play Canadian born Eric Berne reveals with clarity and percision what is possibly the first workable alternative to psychoanalysis. The body of knowledge presented in Games People Play is core to the social sciences and an understanding of it can be expected to bring about a marked rise in the reader's understanding of their own social behavior.
Date published: 2000-12-06

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“An important book . . . a brilliant, amusing, and clear catalogue of the psychological theatricals that human beings play over and over again.”
–KURT VONNEGUT, Life magazine