Over 40 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. 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.
©1964 Dr. Eric Berne (P)2011 Tantor
"An important book...a brilliant, amusing, and clear catalogue of the psychological theatricals that human beings play over and over again." (Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Life magazine)
The idea that people play games that can be generally identified and analyzed is enlightening, and some of the archetypes given in the book are great. The problem is that the book is so heavily steeped in transactional analysis jargon that it's almost unintelligible. I'm unsure if that's because the visual elements of the book are missing, or if the author just expected everyone to have a previous study. Regardless, as a medical student with some undergraduate study in psychology, I recommend you spend your money elsewhere.
narrator was good, and the ideas presented were interesting. however at times I had to struggle to pay attention as it is a little dry and a bit academic for my taste.
Want to know what people are feeling and thinking about in a conversation this book will help you do that. This book breaks down conversations arguements debates and social interaction by analysising them as games people play. It is collegate reading material but if you listen closely you can see how you interact and find better ways to interact with people.
Not a Character book
The breaking down of how a mother and child interact over a broken vase.
Physocoly 101 basic understanding of interactions between humans.
Need to be able to see it to under stand. Lots of bouncing back and forth found it hard to keep up and understand.
Maybe that's was just me.
The content of the book is fantastic but hard to follow lists in audio format.
It would be awesome if Audible had a subscription option where you receive a print copy of the book to follow offline.
Yes, I find it's easier to process the content in audio form rather than print.
No. It's rather long.
If you want a thorough but clinical breakdown of social interactions as strategic power games this book is for you. I found it boring and difficult to stay with. Haven't finished the book yet.
Modernization. Despite the disclaimer that the genders of the roles in the Games are "without prejudice," the content of this book is ridiculously sexist. An unexpected side effect is the compassion I now feel for the era my mother lived through.
I don't know. I'd check more carefully before I purchased, certainly.
The underlying concept of certain types of social encounters being "games" with payoffs, and the distinction of people operating from their Child, Parent, or Adult roles was tremendously useful.
It was definitely worth the listen, but I'm glad it was short, and I had to grit my teeth and overlook the extreme sexism to get the benefit of the underlying concept.
The extensive use of acronyms and abreviations was tough to digest when you don't have written version to refer to. Also covering so many games (I think there were more than 100) got pretty mind boggling.
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