Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships

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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Psychology - 192 pages
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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I bought it for my 18yo. I think I read it in the 80s. Really handy for helping to understand relationships and how to behave yourself to be effective. I think it would be good for Aspies too. Read full review

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An awful book,a complete waste of time & money!!...If you really wanna know 'the games that people play'...u just need to interact with as many people as possible and you will figure it out on your own. The author does not mention any technique clearly and keeps going round and round in circles explaining a topic...The book is an absolute disappointment. 



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About the author (1996)

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 book The Mind in Action. Berne is credited with developing a new approach to group psychotherapy known as Transactional Analysis. His 1964 exploration of human relationships, Games People Play, became popular with the public, but was received with cool skepticism by the professional psychiatric community. Berne went on to write more than a dozen books between 1964 and 1970. Berne died on July 15, 1970, in Monterey, California, having suffered two heart attacks within a few days.

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