Games People Play

Games People Play

The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Over 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.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.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781452621791
Branch Call Number: eAudio hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (420 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Colacci, David
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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Almost all of us live in boxes, boxes of minds trapped much alike. When Dr. Berne lectured at UCMC, he used extremely colloquial language to introduce this conundrum, referring to thinking 'Martian,' and the like. He got thunderous applause, but not many of those physicians were able to think outside of the cultural boxes they were trapped within. Very soon after, Dr. Berne ( a lifetime tobacco user) passed away in that same hospital complex, due to a heart condition. He has been sorely missed. He carried a flaming torch of liberating wisdom. I think some of us need to pick that torch up, and carry on with his project. There are worse places to start,than with this basic book, which can serve as an introduction. Buddha's message was to 'AWAKE.' Berne's message is the same. He was against scripts being lived out unconsciously, either through being dominated by personalities, or ideologies, or by having been perverted so that the mental control has been twisted. His point, as was the Buddha's, is there is a way out, even if we are in the last portion of our life cycle. Certainly, we need not pass these neurotic or psychotic or sociopathic unconscious trailways, on, to our own relatives. And Krishna said there is always a judgment by the universe in such cases, so if you try to compensate by displacing past unhappy outcomes, by doing unto others of the present day, 'whatever you do is going to come right back on you.'


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