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Eric Berne, MD

Games People Play

by Eric Berne, MD

Games People Play

Eric Berne, MD

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Games People Play examines the psychology of the subconscious games we play with each other during social interactions, from the mundane to the downright manipulative.

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Games People Play

by Eric Berne, MD

Games People Play

Eric Berne, MD

Overview

'Playing games' in social situations is usually seen as something deceitful or manipulative. But the surprising truth is that we all do it, in all kinds of interactions.

Eric Berne was a renowned psychiatrist who pioneered the concept of transactional analysis, applying game theory to human social behavior. Written as a manual for clinical therapists in 1964, Games People Play became an influential bestseller.

Drawing on everyday examples, Berne describes how our behavior changes based on ego states, explaining how that pushes us to engage in social games with one another and how some of those games play out.

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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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Eric Berne, MD

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