Games People Play

The Psychology of Human Relationships

Berne, Eric

Book - 1964
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Games People Play
Random House, Inc.
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 whatreally 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 brilliantLife 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.

Baker & Taylor
The fortieth anniversary edition of the groundbreaking best seller examines the interpersonal defenses which individuals construct to avoid dealing with reality in everyday situations in a volume that features a new prologue , as well as commentary by Kurt Vonnegut from his original 1965 LIFE magazine review. Reissue. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: Grove Press, [c1964]
ISBN: 0345410033
Branch Call Number: 301.1 B
Characteristics: 192p. illus.


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Jan 01, 2015
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an oldie but goodie. This is an older book based on transactional analysis. It looks at the roles people play in their interactions based on unconscious "rules" that we follow in dealing with others. I read this book years ago, but the games described still pop up in my mind in the middle of some conversations. For example, I recently had a conversation with a friend who complained about his bank's unfair rules and really outrageous fees and penalties. I suggested that he move his account to another bank. He gave me several reasons why he couldn't, but continued to complain about how he hated his present bank. I got sucked into a game of "Why Don't You .... Yes, But ......" The games appear to be normal to those involved and observers, but have a private significance and are usually counterproductive. Years after its publication, this book is still very relevant and influential. Some other "games": "See What You Made Me Do," "Ain't It Awful", "Now I've Got You, You Son of a Bitch," and others you will be embarrassed to recognize. I loved re-reading it.


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