I'm Ok--you're Ok

Paperback | July 6, 2004

byThomas Harris

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Transactional Analysis delineates three observable ego-states (Parent, Adult, and Child) as the basis for the content and quality of interpersonal communication. "Happy childhood" notwithstanding, says Harris, most of us are living out the Not ok feelings of a defenseless child, dependent on ok others (parents) for stroking and caring. At some stage early in our lives we adopt a "position" about ourselves and others that determines how we feel about everything we do. And for a huge portion of the population, that position is "I'm Not OK -- You're OK." This negative "life position," shared by successful and unsuccessful people alike, contaminates our rational Adult capabilities, leaving us vulnerable to inappropriate emotional reactions of our Child and uncritically learned behavior programmed into our Parent. By exploring the structure of our personalities and understanding old decisions, Harris believes we can find the freedom to change our lives.

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Transactional Analysis delineates three observable ego-states (Parent, Adult, and Child) as the basis for the content and quality of interpersonal communication. "Happy childhood" notwithstanding, says Harris, most of us are living out the Not ok feelings of a defenseless child, dependent on ok others (parents) for stroking and caring....

The lateThomas Harriswas a Navy psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Arkansas. He practiced psychiatry in Sacramento, California and directed the Transactional Analysis Association.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:July 6, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060724277

ISBN - 13:9780060724276

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"It's easy to relate to I'm OK-You're OK. Again and again the reader will find his own predicament staring up at him from the page, along with its message, "If you don't like the trap, you can change it." (Cleveland Press)