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Games People Play
Games People Play
Author : Eric Berne
Publisher : NA
Language : English
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No Of Pages : 180
The dynamics of human relationships are complex, and even people who have a close relationship may sometimes find it hard to understand each other. In Games People Play - The Psychology of Human Relationships, psychiatrist Eric Berne uses “Transactional Analysis” techniques to help interpret human relationships.

The author describes the three basic roles that everyone plays at different times - Parent, Child, and Adult. He says that most negative situations in relationships are caused by the confusion between these roles.

The book is divided into two sections. The first one introduces the three roles, the various rituals that humans employ in social relationships, and their possible consequences. The second half of the book focuses on the games that people play.

The book describes a variety of mind games that people play with each other at various times to gain a personal end. Often, these games are counter-productive and do not really end in the way that people want them to.

The author gives interesting and light-hearted names to these games like See What You Made Me Do, Ain’t It Awful, and Alcoholic.

The Parent state symbolizes controlling behavior, the child state embodies freedom and creativity as well as being very emotional. In the Adult state, the mind is clear and logical with a clear goal, and it is uninfluenced by emotions.

In all mind game situations, the author says that the person who quickly reaches the Adult state is the winner.

This book was first published in 1964, but the ideas and principles explained in it are still relevant for understanding human relationships and interpreting the mind games that people often play.

About Eric Berne

Eric Berne was an American psychiatrist born in Canada. He formulated the system of Transactional Analysis to explain human relationships.

This model finds practical uses in psychotherapy.

His other books include The Mind In Action, The Happy Valley, and What Do You Say After You Say Hello.

Eric Berne was born in 1910 in Montreal, Canada. He graduated from McGill University. Berne became famous after the publication of the book The Games People Play. This book was intended mainly for professionals, but it became a popular bestseller.
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