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Games People Play

Eric Berne, MD

Games People Play

by Eric Berne, MD

Games People Play

Eric Berne, MD

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Games People Play is a book about human behavior, explaining the wild and interesting psychological games that we play to manipulate each other, and how we can tame our egos in order to stop playing and enjoy healthier relationships.

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Games People Play

by Eric Berne, MD

Games People Play

Eric Berne, MD

Overview

Almost every time we interact with another person, we play psychological games. These can be power games with our boss, competitive games with our siblings, or sexual games with a love interest. Whatever type of game we're playing, it's usually manipulative - and we don't even realize we're doing it.

In the best-selling novel Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships, psychiatrist Eric Berne reveals the psychology behind our interactions with others. Published in 1964, the book's wild popularity made it one of the most influential pop psychology books of all time.

Berne exposes the familiar unconscious maneuvers that each one of us implement to get what we want from others, covering classic games like the lethal couples battle 'If It Weren't For You,' or flirtation games like 'Let's You and Him Fight'.

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"'Beautiful friendships' are often based on the fact that the players complement each other with great economy and satisfaction. There is a maximum yield with a minimum effort from the games they play with each other."

Suze Yalof Schwartz, journalist

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Games People Play

Eric Berne, MD

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