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Scripts People Live: Transactional Analysis of Life Scripts [Paperback]

Claude M. Steiner
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31 Dec 1990
When Claude Steiner and the late Eric Berne developed the theory of Transactional Analysis, their basic belief that people were "born princes and princess, until their parents turned them into frogs" countered the fundamental principle of psychiatry which asserts that emotional and mental distress comes from within. This theory was further developed in Steiner's book Games Alcoholics Play. Dr. Berne, in What Do You Say After You Say Hello?, acknowledged Steiner's important role in the analysis of "life scripts" which we choose at an early age and which rule every detail of our lives until our death. In Scripts People Live, Steiner expands upon this belief to show that people are innately healthy but develop a pattern early in life based upon negative or positive influences of those around them. Thus children decide, however unconsciously, whether they will be happy or depressed, winners or failures, strong or dependent, and having decided, they spend the rest of their lives making the decision come true. For those who choose a negative script, the consequences can be disastrous unless they make a conscious decision to change. Steiner's classic in psychological theory, with a new foreword by the author, offers a hopeful and practical analysis so that we all may rewrite our life scripts and lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 2nd edition (31 Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802132103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802132109
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Matt
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This is a great book for any of you that are already familiar with Transactional Analysis - but even if you are not, there is an overview section to get you on board.

What is interesting is that it does make clear arguments and uses a story telling device to illustrate points. Although, for the more advanced reader some of the stories do go on a little bit and verge on condecending, but I will forgive this as the author is clearly making an effort to make a complex subject accessable to all - not just Psychology students and Therapists.

If you are new to TA, I would recommend going for 'I'm OK, you're OK' and 'The Games people play' first as this book draws on these heavily and does help with context.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book that may change your life! 4 Dec 1999
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Simply a great book. A "must read" for anyone interested in changing their life patterns. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for students and practictioners of Psychotherapy. Written in 1974, the book remains very current. Claude Steiner challenges us to analyze and make the necessary changes in our "scripts" to achieve the happiness and fulfillment that we choose. I didn't want the book to end and will read it many more times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 10 April 2005
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Read this book and the scales will fall from your eyes about the nature of human dynamics and interaction between people. This is a straightforward and brilliantly stimulating introduction into the world of transactional analysis. Thoroughly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Claude Steiner explains the games in TA 12 Dec 2009
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I'm a big fan of Claude Steiner and have utilised his idea's around game playing in my personal journey as well as my academic studies. Each facet of this book is clearly defined without recourse to "jargonese" and is all the more worthy for it. The breakdown and concise annotation of the theory into easily digestable parts makes the understanding of the subject all the easier - I would recomend that anyone interested in TA read this in conjuction with Steiners web site and the works of Eric Berne
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of TA and script theory 22 Dec 2009
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Well written but not inscrutably so, this sets out the framework for TA as developed from Eric Berne, Steiner and others since. I really liked that this book focuses on life scripts and provides a good basis for further reading of TA. Though it makes for the perfect introduction, I would still regard Berne's 'What Do You Do After You Say Hello?' as the definitive benchmark of TA literature, although slightly less accessible its breadth and scope is mind-blowing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ego and Super Ego States 21 Sep 2014
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Opens up with Steiner speaking about his relationship with Eric Berne which is revealing, in the sense Steiner is still overwhelmed by Berne's death. Then he details Berne's mission, his desire to write, his loneliness and how he died of his own internal "script." Very powerful in its depiction.

Following this Steiner then outlines how TA connects other major therapeutic insights such as Frankl, Reich and the other greats of the 20th Century.

After this be breaks down the therapeutic technique to look at the critical parent, or pig parent, who overwhelms the child with their messages of destruction. Steiner and Berne basically over turned the view broadcast within the Old Testament of original sin, recast into the latest craze of eugenics or gene domination of the mind. Here they talk about the power of words to shape thoughts, perception and esteem. In particular they concentrate on the messages parents send their children and how the latter shape their responses to the world as a result of these messages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 May 2013
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Comprehensive, informative and easy to read. there is a bookmark in nearly every page to mark a significant learning for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scripts can be changed! 28 Sep 2014
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If you are aware of TA already you'll love this book. It does cover the concepts of TA interaction in a non patronising 'voice' which means anyone can read it. The most important thing about the book is that it offers an explanation for the repeating frustrations we come across within relationships, personal, work and home! In my opinion.....it's good to know and then change the script!
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4.0 out of 5 stars All makes perfect sense how we carry our given scripts in childhood...
All makes perfect sense how we carry our given scripts in childhood forced by adaptation thorough life unless we chose to change them and find our own inner child (non adapted)
Published 3 days ago by morton10
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Study Book
Published 2 months ago by melanie lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book !
Published 3 months ago by K.Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic book , so clear and precise. A must if you are studying TA. Leaves you with no doubt that we all have scripts, written when we are too young to do so, and that we then... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mark barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Structured
Good structured dialogue - breaks things down for the student.
Very well put together and good reference materials I could incorporate within my study and written materials.
Published 7 months ago by victoria peers
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, fascinating read
This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in transactional/script analysis. I would just have to say that it is a very straightforward read for those who have done a bit of... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by chantelle
1.0 out of 5 stars Scripts People Live: Transactional Analysis of Life Scripts...
This edition has many pages blank eg: page tails of with a comment and then 2 blanks and totally unrelated on next printed page...??? must be printer error. Read more
Published on 28 May 2010 by Denis Lacan
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