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Beyond Games and Scripts Hardcover – Dec 1976


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Dr Eric Berne, as the originator of transactional analysis, was always recognised as an important innovator in the field, but it was not until his Games People Play became an international bestseller that his methods achieved wide popularity. In his writings, until his death in 1970, Dr Berne outlined the principles of his system in works such as Games People Play, A Layman's Guide to Psychiatry, Sex in Human Loving, and Principles of Group Treatment. Dr Berne was a practising psychiatrist in Carmel, California, and held many important posts in professional psychiatric organisations and clinics.

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A popular psychology classic 1 Feb 2010
By Allen Kitchen - Published on Amazon.com
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A classic - Berne, one of the enfants terrible of psychology in the 1960s and 1970s, created a framework of psychological understanding based on unpretentious terminology for interpersonal transactions stemming from intrapersonal entities - and for several years, his school of Transactional Analysis gained clinical and popular adherents. Geared toward brief therapy with patients taking much of the responsibility for understanding simple but key concepts of interpersonal relationships, TA also foreshadowed parts of Family Systems psychological philosophy (which is to say that someone familiar with Bowen Systems Theory, for example, will see some familiar concepts presented with different terminology). This book - Beyond Games and Scripts - is a collection of essays and other material from Berne, illuminating some pieces of his body of work and revealing something of Berne himself. I recommend it for anyone who has read and appreciated "Games People Play," "What do you say after you say hello", or other work by Eric Berne or his disciple Claude Steiner ("Games Alcoholics Play", "Scripts People Live", etc). Note that one popular TA book, "I'm OK, You're OK", was written by Thomas Harris - who later was viewed as something of an apostate by Berne and Steiner.

Strict Freudians tend to write Berne off as hopelessly trivial; perhaps his unconventional lay-person-centered terminology and his desire to avoid pretention and obfuscation at all costs causes Freudians to protest that things can never be as simple as Berne portrays. However, it's fair to say that a large number of current non-Freudian psychotherapists make at least occasional use of Berne's theories and terminology, even if their specialties are within different schools. For individuals seeking their own psychological insights, I would recommend Berne and Steiner right along with Bradshaw, Dyer, and Chopra.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Saved my future! 2 Jan 2009
By James A. Altman - Published on Amazon.com
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I was just about to add another plot element to a script that wasn't mine when I read this book. Thank you Drs. Steiner and Berne for rescuing me from a life that wasn't my own!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Fine compendium of the Writings of Eric Berne M.D. 8 Dec 2013
By Edmund Arkus - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a psychologist, but I have studied several schools for decades. I find the work of Eric Berne to be absolutely brilliant because of the hands-on quality it contains for the layman in the areas of comprehension and also self-help.
For me personally, it describes the subtleties of human behavior with a beautifully detached , but compassionate attitude.

The expert compilers of this particular book obviously had a plan to publish parts of Berne's works that give a clear view of the development of his practical theories . It is sensitively edited and presented . Since I have not read it to the end yet, nor am I a practicing psychologist. These remarks are purely my own educated views.
Please read them in that spirit..
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Game Changer 9 Aug 2014
By Ernie S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Life changing insight into Human nature
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