ⓘ Games People Play (book)



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Games People Play (book)

ⓘ Games People Play (book)

Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships is a bestselling 1964 book by psychiatrist Eric Berne. Since its publication it has sold more than five million copies. The book describes both functional and dysfunctional social interactions.


1. Summary

In the first half of the book, Berne introduces transactional analysis as a way of interpreting social interactions. He describes three roles or ego states, known as the Parent, the Adult, and the Child, and postulates that many negative behaviors can be traced to switching or confusion of these roles. He discusses procedures, rituals, and pastimes in social behavior, in light of this method of analysis. For example, a boss who talks to his staff as a controlling parent will often engender self-abased obedience, tantrums, or other childlike responses from his employees.

The second half of the book catalogues a series of "mind games" in which people interact through a patterned and predictable series of "transactions" which are superficially plausible that is, they may appear normal to bystanders or even to the people involved, but which actually conceal motivations, include private significance to the parties involved, and lead to a well-defined predictable outcome, usually counterproductive. The book uses casual, often humorous phrases such as "See What You Made Me Do," "Why Dont You - Yes But," and "Aint It Awful" as a way of briefly describing each game. In reality, the "winner" of a mind game is the person that returns to the Adult ego-state first.

In the game entitled "Now Ive Got You, You Son of a Bitch," one who discovers that another has made a minor mistake in a matter involving them both holds the entire matter hostage to the minor mistake. The example explains a situation where a plumber makes a mistake on a quoted $300 job by underestimating the price of a $3 part as $1, so the plumber sends a bill for $302, the correct price. This is despite the customer making it clear at the beginning of the transaction that the $300 quote was to be adhered to. The customer wont pay the entire original $300 unless and until the plumber absorbs the $2 error instead of just paying the undisputed part of the bill of $300. In this example of NIGYSOB Berne often abbreviates his names for games by using their acronyms, the white the customer receives a gain in the form of a justification for his rage, and can avoid confronting his own deficiencies. The plumber also receives a gain from his clear refusal to adhere to the terms of the agreement, although in the books example, he eventually gives in - an example of the game "Why does this always happen to me? WAHM?".

Not all interactions or transactions are part of a game. Specifically, if both parties in a one-on-one conversation remain in an Adult-to-Adult ego-state, it is less likely that a game is being played.


2. Origins

In the 1950s, Berne synthesized his theory of "human gaming" and built on work from Paul Federn and Edoardo Weiss and integrated results from Wilder Penfield to develop transactional analysis. Transactional analysis, according to physician James R. Allen, is a "cognitive behavioral approach to treatment and. a very effective way of dealing with internal models of self and others as well as other psychodynamic issues."


3. Influence

In 1993, American therapist-turned-author James Redfield self-published The Celestine Prophecy influenced by the theory of Bernes human gaming. Specifically, the life games to which Berne refers in his book is a tool used in an individuals quest for energetic independence.


4. Games

The most common games are listed below:

Life Games

  • Debtor
  • See what you made me do SWYMD
  • Now Ive got you, you son of a bitch NIGYSOB
  • Alcoholic
  • Kick me

Marital Games

  • Sweetheart
  • Harried
  • If it werent for you IWFY
  • Frigid Woman
  • Courtroom
  • Look how hard Ive tried
  • Corner

Party Games

  • Schlemiel
  • Aint it awful
  • Blemish
  • Why dont you - Yes, But YDYB

Sexual Games

  • Lets you and him fight LYAHF
  • Rapo
  • Uproar
  • The stocking game
  • Perversion

Underworld Games

  • Lets pull a fast one on Joey FOOJY
  • Cops and robbers
  • How do you get out of here

Consulting Room Games

  • Im only trying to help you ITHY
  • Psychiatry
  • Wooden Leg
  • Stupid
  • Indigence
  • Peasant
  • Greenhouse

Good Games

  • Theyll be glad they knew me
  • Cavalier
  • Busmans holiday
  • Homely Sage
  • Happy to help

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