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Games People Play : The Psychology of Human Relationships

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Dr. Eric Berne, as the originator of transactional analysis, has attained recognition for developing one of the most innovative approaches to modern psychotherapy. Discover how many of these "secret games" you play everyday of your life: Iwfy (If it weren't for you); Sweetheart; Threadbare; Harried; Alcoholic, and many more. A groundbreaking book that bores deep into the heart of all our relationships, GAMES PEOPLE PLAY is a classic that should be read again and again.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Ballantine Books Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0345410033
  • 9780345410030
  • 91,950

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"An important book . . . a brilliant, amusing, and clear catalogue of the psychological theatricals that human beings play over and over again." -KURT VONNEGUT, Life magazineshow more

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"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.show more

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