The book Games People Play: The psychology of human relationships is written by Eric Berne. THIS book is designed primarily to be a follow-up to my book Transnational Analysis in Psychotherapy,1 but it has been planned so that it can be read and understood independently. The theory necessary for the analysis and clear understanding of the games has been summarized in Part I. Part II contains descriptions of the individual games. Part III contains new clinical and theoretical material which, added to the old, provides some understanding of what it means to be game-free. Those who want more background can refer to the previous volume. The reader of both will note that, in addition to theoretical advances, there have been some minor changes in terminology and point of view based on new thinking and reading and new clinical material.
The need for this book was indicated by interested requests from students and conference readers for lists of games, or for further elaboration of games briefly mentioned as examples in a general exposition of transactional analysis principles. Thanks in general to these students and audiences, and especially to the many patients who exposed, spotted, or named new games; and in particular to Ms. Barbara Rosenfeld for her many insights into the art and meaning of listening; and to Mr. Melvin Boyce, Mr. Joseph Concannon, Dr. Franklin Ernst, Dr. Kenneth Everts, Dr. Gordon Gritter, Mrs. Frances Matson, and Dr. Ray Poindexter, among others, for their independent discovery or confirmation of the meaning of many games.
Topics of this Edition
1 SOCIAL INTERCOURSE
2 THE STRUCTURING OF TIME
PART I Analysis of Games
CHAPTER ONE Structural Analysis
CHAPTER TWO Transactional Analysis
CHAPTER THREE Procedures and Rituals
CHAPTER FOUR Pastimes
CHAPTER FIVE Games
PART II A Thesaurus of Games
CHAPTER SIX Life Games
CHAPTER SEVEN Marital Game
CHAPTER EIGHT Party Games
CHAPTER NINE Sexual Games
CHAPTER TEN Underworld Games
CHAPTER ELEVEN Consulting Room Games
CHAPTER TWELVE Good Games
PART III Beyond Games
CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Significance of Games
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Players
CHAPTER FIFTEEN A Paradigm
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Autonomy
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The Attainment of Autonomy
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN After Games, What?
Overview of Games People Play: The psychology of human relationships
Do you realize that you and everyone you know play games? All time? Sex games, marital games, complex games that you are not even aware of in your regular life? You can play games like ‘Alcoholic’; or ‘The Frigid Woman’ on the weekends, or maybe ‘Isn’t that awful?’ or ‘Kick me’ while you’re at work.
First published in the 1960s and recognized as a classic work of its kind by professionals, the bestselling ‘Games People Play’ is also an accessible and riveting read. It is a wise, original, witty and very sensible analysis of the games we play to live with others and with ourselves.
|Book Name||Games People Play: The psychology of human relationships|
|Author of Book||Eric Berne|