Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships

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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 26, 1973 - Self-Help - 176 pages

'If you're going to read one psychology book in your lifetime... it should be his one' - Neil Hunter, Amazon Review

Fed up of feeling controlled at work?
Feel trapped in a toxic relationship but don't know how to escape?

Always feel like you lose the argument even if you know deep down you're right?


Widely recognised as the most original and influential psychology book of our time, Games People Play has helped millions of people better understand human basic social interactions and relationships.

We play games all the time; relationship games; power games with our bosses and competitive games with our friends. In this book, Berne reveals the secret ploys and manoeuvres that rule our lives and how to combat them.

Giving you the keys to unlock the psychology of others and yourself, this classic, entertaining and life-changing book will open up the door to honest communication and teach you how to get the most out of life.

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User Review  - madepercy - LibraryThing

I first read this book in about 2003. It was suggested to me by a woman with big hair who was making comments about other women with big hair. Bizarre! But I didn't see that game in Berne's work. As I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. There is some comfort in being handed a template of how to evaluate people's hidden motives, but it seems too amenable to becoming a stereotyping instrument ... Read full review

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About the author (1973)

Dr Berne's other works include 'The Structure and Dynamics of Organisations and Groups' (1963), in which he discussed the application of transactional analysis to group dynamics; 'Principles of Group Treatment' (1966); 'A Layman's Guide to Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis' (1968); and 'What Do Yo Say After You Say Hello?', written shortly before his death in 1970.

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