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Games People Play

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  14,888 ratings  ·  379 reviews
We think we're relating to other people. Actually we're all playing games. Forty years ago, Games People Play revolutionized our understanding of what really goes on during basic social interactions. More than five million copies later, Dr. Eric Berne's classic is as astonishing & revealing as it was on the day it was first published.
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Mass Market Paperback, 162 pages
Published December 1964 by Penguin (first published January 1st 1964)
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i'm currently reading the 1960-something edition of this book although there is a 1996 edition. it really doesn't matter. i feel like i've found the holy grail. i know y'all's games bitches! that means ima gonna win! fuck yea! eat my metaphoric, insinuating, quadruple entendre shorts! really, i'm learning some heavy shit about human relationships...
In this book, Berne argues that a lot of the behaviour you see around you every day can best be understood as different kinds of "games". A game is a pattern of behaviour usually involving two or perhaps three people. There is a series of interactions, followed by an emotional payoff.

One of the things I found most interesting is that the classification has two dimensions. First, there's the game itself. Second, there's the question of how seriously you're playing: he divides this into First Degr
smart. Falls into the category of books that give you the secret reason for why things happen the way they do.
Farnoosh Farahbakht
با خوندن این کتاب متوجه شدم که چقدر توی زندگی به بازی گرفته شدم و خودآگاه یا نا خودآگاه دیگران رو بازی دادم!!
در این کتاب "اریک برن" فرضیه ای به نام "حالات من" در خصوص حالت های روانی فرد رو مطرح می کنه که شامل "والد"،"بالغ" و "کودک" است و بعد نظریه بازی ها رو بر اساس همین حالات معرفی میکنه که هر شخص با کدوم حالت خودش وارد این بازی ها میشه.بازی رشته ای حرکت است با دام و کلک که تا رسیدن به نتیجه پیش می رود و در آن حتما برد مطرح است.
در بخش دوم کتاب نویسنده به بازی های معمول بین آدم ها می پردازه که ج
Behdad Ahmadi
از کتاب هایی که خوندنش بر هرکدام از ابنیاء بشر واجب تاکیدی ست.
تمام زندگی انسان رو دسته بندی می کنه، و یکی از زیر-زیر-بخش هاش رو که تبادل های مضاعف یا بازی های اجتماعی نام داره، شرح میده.

برن توضیح میده که انسان سه وجهه شخصیتی داره. کودک، که تمام رفتار های خلاقانه و قانون شکن و ساده ازش منشا میشه. والد، که جنبه شخصیتیه که نصیحت می کنه، بزرگسالانه ست و درواقع اثریه که والدین ما توی ما به جا گذاشتن و ما هم اون رو به بچه هامون منتقل می کنیم. و بالاخره بالغ، که جنبه کاملا منطقی و تاثیرناپذیر از احساسا
I’m glad I read it, but it wasn’t ultimately everything that I wanted it to be.

The theory at the beginning was absolutely fascinating and, even though the books itself is from the 1960’s, it has significant value for being the start of the field of transactional psychology.

However, the description of the games themselves was where I found the book lacking. Mostly, this is where I also felt the impact of the book being so dated. Some of his descriptions of games were based on stereotypical gend
Apr 14, 2007 Ali rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Highly recommended
I've read this book two times, this is the third book written by Prof. Eric Berne, which I've read up to now, and I believe this is the best one. It's hard to explain how much i've learned from this book, I think I should read the book once more to learn some new things.
This book shows you the "Games" which are behind the human's relationships, it believes that a great number of human's relations are a kind of "Game" indeed. But at the end of the book, Prof. Eric Berne explains that the highest
Oct 12, 2007 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes to understand social interaction
how to recognize patterns of behavior and
motivation inin relationships and conversations -
puts a name on various ambiguous manipulation methods
Basically, you're manipulating everyone and everyone you know is manipulating you!

Admittedly, this book is flawed. Because the author is primarily concerned with interpersonal games, he tends to put every possible scenario within that context. Some of his ideas are now dated, bordering on offensive. Nevertheless, I found the book to be all kinds of enlightening and tremendously useful. I recommend it under the assumption that wise readers will be able to sort the good from the bad.
I don't know if this is a reliable textbook for day to day human interaction. This might be better retitled "Familiar Film Noir Tropes" or "Perceived and Imagined Slights from Women I've Never Met" or "Interpersonal Dilemmas in the Sunday Funnies." When was the last time you found yourself embroiled in the classic "Now I've Got You, You Son of a Bitch" or "Let's Pull a Fast One on Joey"? Can you solve the riddle of "The Frigid Woman"? This book is mildly amusing but there are too many grievous o ...more
Tony duncan
May 06, 2008 Tony duncan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who isn't perfect
This a an excellent readable and practical explanation of destructive social interactions, He breaks down common patterns (this is from the 60's so there are variations now) and shows easy ways to identify games that people are acting out , and what it looks like to live game-free

Berne is funny and insightful. It is a shame that so few people I know really are willing to look deeply at these kinds of issues. Sort of like feminism I find an attitude of "we're past that", but then i see all the pr
This book is a fascinating psychological journey into the minds of everyday people (including, and probably ESPECIALLY, your own). Berne's list of psychological "games" we all play with each other is fascinating, as is what you learn about yourself by analyzing which games you tend to revisit regularly.

One little warning: When you learn to recognize these games, you will be forced to eliminate at least 95% of the B.S. in your life and frequently find yourself disgusted by 100% of the B.S. in eve
James Rye

I found the general concept an interesting metaphor (rather than a scientifically proven social reality). However, I struggled to finish the book. It felt like a series of scribbled notes thrown together - a set of index cards with brief information on 'games'. I needed further explanation and an attempt to engage me rather than having a series of ideas thrown before me.
J.J. Rodeo
پس از خواندن این کتاب حس کردم که یک عمر سر کار بوده ام و گویا دیگران (و حتی خودم)، یک عمر من را به بازی گرفته بوده اند
این کتاب از آن دسته کتاب هایی به شمار می آید که بهتر است همیشه به عنوان یک مرجع در دسترس آدم باشد
Lily Lamb
"Games people play" is a great tool in understanding how and why we interact/respond the way we do to eachother. Transactional Analysis is certainly useful to know....From time to time, I like to read this book to remind myself about these "games" we play...
This book among many books that I re-read from time to time, because I like the content and the "hungry" mind likes doing this sort of activities.

Candace Dempsey
Games People Play has a good chapter about dealing with alcoholics, but Berne's ideas (and I do mean ideas) about women and homosexuals are disgusting and sexist. This book was published in the 1960s and it shows. Scary to think modern psychologists might actually use it as a text or that college students would have to listen to Berne's ugly ideas about women and gays. Nowadays we use research, not "ideas."
Arash Kamangir
گويا اين كتاب به فارسي ترجمه شده. دري بود به دنيايي كه براي من ناشناخته است. اين جور بهتره: از وجود و اندازه هاي چنين دنيايي خبر روشني نداشتم.
Cristian Strat
Berne presents the theory of transaction analysis (all communication that happens between individuals is actually a transaction between the Parent, Adult and Child ego states) and then goes on to expose and analyze a series of mind games that people play with each other, consciously or not. Mind games are superficially plausible interactions between people that conceal private significance to the parties involved. (What may appear to be a plausible conversation between two adults might carry an ...more
Had to choose between Game People Play and Reviving Ophelia for Personal Growth class when I was at MSJC (2002-2006). I choose Games People Play and I'm so glad I read this back then. What a great psychology book. You have relationships with people, but do you know if it is parent to adult, or parent to child or child to child? This book will give you examples of what a adult to adult relationship will look like as well as the others. The second half of the book goes into the games that we play ...more
Erik Graff
Dec 02, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TA fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
This was a bestseller in the sixties, getting a lot of play in the media and in popular culture. I read it in the Park Ridge Public Library during the year I was dropped out of Grinnell College while facing draft resistance charges. I'd gotten two jobs at Forest Hospital, a proprietary psychiatric facility located in Des Plaines, and thought I should bone up on psychology. Except for a course in Educational Psychology and some reading of Freud, Jung and Rollo May I really had never studied much ...more
Oliver Danni
The basic idea behind this book -- that human interactions often follow patterns, and many of these patterns can be described in the manner of games and understood better if analyzed as such -- is fundamentally sound, and a really useful paradigm. The book contains a lot of victim-blaming and creepy gender constructions, which detract from the overall message. But I found the basic concepts to be valuable, and would be really interested to read more contemporary, less misogynistic perspectives o ...more
David Roberts
The book I read to research this post was Games People Play by Eric Berne which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This book is probably the definitive text on transactional analysis, a form of psychotherapy centred on various roles people play in different situations. If you read this book you are certain to recognize roles you play. Although the book has games in the title it refers to roles and they aren't necessarily bad although some are. They are ways people have of coping wi ...more
Babak Habibi
کتاب خوبی بود
از نظر روانشناسی و تا حدودی جامعه شناسی به نکته های خوبی اشاره کرد
البته به زبان ساده نبود از دید منِ، چند بار میخوندم یه صفحه رو بعضی اوقات که دقیق متوجه شم منظورش چیه
کاشکی فصل های آخر که راه های مقابله و درمانش بود رو بیشتر توضیح میداد خیلی خلاصه بود
Tigran Mamikonian
Эрик Берн является одним из виднейших исследователей психологии человеческих отношений.
В данной книге описана наиболее сложная часть человеческого времяпрепровождения - игры, именно в психологическом смысле этого слова. Так, автор объясняет, что человек может структурировать свое время между следующими 5 видами деятельности:
1) ритуалы
2) развлечения
3) игры
4) близость
5) деятельность/работа
Конечно, эти категории подчас пересекаются, но каждый из них имеет свои особенности. Так, например, "ритуалы"
This was apparently a very big thing when it was published in the 70s, and I can see why. It’s a very interesting way of viewing the world. Unfortunately, like many psychology theories, it takes what is a clever conceit that explains some odd aspects of human interaction and then tries to apply it to everything regardless of whether it fits or not. Add in some very seventies thought processes (which are rather out of favor at the moment but the author probably thought of as universal without rea ...more
Andrew Knighton
Provides an interesting insight into the way that people interact, and some of the psychological games we play with each other. It's particularly interesting to see the way that Berne separates out subconscious and conscious motives, and the ways that a single interaction can work differently on different levels. Some of the games felt uncomfortably familiar and distinctly true.

While the book still seems insightful and relevant, at least to someone like me who isn't deeply informed about psychia
Для меня книги Эрика Берна стали нисколько книгами о трансактном анализе, сколько книгами о том как стать независимым. Их недостаточно просто читать, а следует читать и анализировать свою личность. Кроме того это книги, которые следует перечитывать через каждые 3-4 года.
Итак, первая книга «Игры, в которые играют люди» вводит понятие игры, и дает описания несколько типичных игр в жизни людей. В 16 главе «Независимость» автор показывает путь как перестать играть и стать независимым:

«Ощущение неза
This book describes what is now known as transactional analysis, a psychological approach where a lot of relations between people are seen and catalogued as games, which are situations where the conscious communication says something but the unconscious says another. Some or all of the participants gets some reward as confirmation of inner beliefs, interaction with other people, protection from inner fears, recognition, etc, etc.

Besides the unfamiliar description I just gave, Eric Berne, founder

Games People Play, the book speaks of the Psychology of human relationships. It introduces the theory of Transactional Analysis. The author, Eric Berne, suggests that all the communication that happens between individuals is actually a transaction between the ego states.

An ego states as he defines is “simply the combination of a person’s feeling and his behavioural patterns” and any transaction or communication between individuals takes place through the communication these ego
RT Wolf

Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships is a 1964 bestselling book by psychiatrist Eric Berne. Since its publication it has sold more than five million copies. The book describes both functional & dysfunctional social interactions. In the 1st half, he introduces Transactional Analysis as a way of interpreting social interactions. He describes three roles or ego states known as the Child, the Parent & the Adult & postulates that many negative behaviors can be traced t

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Eric Berne was a Canadian-born psychiatrist best known as the creator of transactional analysis. Eric was born on May 10, 1910 as Eric Lennard Bernstein in Montreal, Canada.He and his sister Grace, who was five years younger than Eric, were the children of a physician and a writer, David and Sara Gordon Bernstein.David Bernstein died in 1921, and the children were raised by their mother.

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