The best of Games People Play, byEric Berne.An entertaining and useful set of ideas and hands-on experiences to enrich your life.Experiential, not intellectual understanding is emphasized. For instance, you will be invited to experience the world afresh with the wonder-filled eyes and ears of a 3-year old. You could try to remember what it was like to be a small child, and analyze what you find. Here you go out the door and do it.____________________Some of the games:If you want to avoid responsibility for yourself try IF IT ONLY WEREN'T FOR YOU. You would so like to do that, but your friend, or mother, past husband, first boyfriend, whoever, is stopping you. You get a free MAD stamp (we'll talk about stamp collecting soon), and you have a very good excuse for not doing something you didn't want to do anyway.Another way to avoid responsibility is PEG LEG. Here you blame something about yourself that stops you from doing what you really, really would like to do. Maybe you had a lousy childhood, or are too shy, or too fat, or too skinny, etc. IF IT ONLY WEREN'T FOR YOU and PEG LEG are played by Unnatural Children.You probably noticed it takes two to play. Unless the other person is at least semi-cooperative the game can't be played. If you try IF IT ONLY WEREN'T FOR YOU with your husband and he refuses to play Parent or Unnatural Child, nothing happens. Of course if he doesn't play that game, you wouldn't have married him in the first place. People marry and make friends with people who fit into their favorite games, just as they marry people who complement their favorite ego states, such as Parent-Child and Adult-Adult. Marriages and friendships often breakup when one person in the pair or group shifts ego states and stops playing the expected games.
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May 14, 2012
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