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Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis | [Eric Berne]

Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Richard NOKESVILLE, VA, United States 03-26-12
    Richard NOKESVILLE, VA, United States 03-26-12
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    "Whant to know what other people are thinking about"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Games People Play to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not a Character book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The breaking down of how a mother and child interact over a broken vase.


    Any additional comments?

    Physocoly 101 basic understanding of interactions between humans.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rivkeleh 07-04-14
    Rivkeleh 07-04-14
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    "Great concept, deeply socially dated"
    What would have made Games People Play better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Berne again?

    I don't know. I'd check more carefully before I purchased, certainly.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    n/a


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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