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What do you say after you say hello?: The psychology of human destiny [Hardcover]

Eric Berne

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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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great psychology book. 10 Mar 2001
By "gosibro" - Published on
A thought-provoking and revealing book about human life and human interactions. Although written in the late sixties it is still very much relevant and not in the least outdated. Even if you do not accept the script theory as a whole (the system of thought with its jargon(which by the way is minimal compared to other theories of personality) and with the common myths that permeate it), this book provides valuable insights in many aspects of the human condition. Unlike other psychology books that present systems of thought attempting to encompass the whole spectrum of human life and end up missing out on all the finer detail by means of over-generalizations and an over-inflated writer's ego, this one uses the script theory ( that we all decide on important matters in our life at a very young age and live or act out our scripts accordingly)as a springboard for very profound ideas and observations put to paper in a simple and to-the-point language, revealing as I said rather than covering up with theoretical constructs and obscuring.
A work by a very compassionate man and a pioneer in the field, who sadly passed away soon after the completion of the book. But as his heritage to people this book is as good as any, and better.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacularly on-target analysis of human interaction 19 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on
One of the all time greats of the self-help bookshelf. Simply excellent.
Ever wondered why you say certain things at certain times or have a predicable reaction to a given situation? This is the book that tells you why.
But that in itself is not enough. The best thing is the no-nonsense, revealing and sometimes painful truths it reveals. The reader can immediately see in a compelling and understandable way the whole mechanism of their human interactions, both good and bad. The reader can then use this understanding and the tools revealed to help them in their relationships, their work, their life.
It is a work of great perception and value.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book that changed my life. 12 July 2012
By William Smith - Published on
This is the book that changed my life. Nothing else has even come close. In very simple, shallow, easy language, Dr. Berne explores the deepest topics of human behavior and interaction, revealing to you where your beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes come from. This process is extremely painful, and extremely helpful. I recommend this book to everyone looking to improve his or her life in any way. This is the book that opened my eyes to the possibility of improving my life. After I finished this book and the process of assimilating what I had learned, I quickly devoured the remaining texts on Transactional Analysis (I'm Okay, You're Okay; Staying Okay; Games People Play; Born to Win; and a few more). All of them were helpful to some extent, but I think I was fortunate to read this one first. And in response to the 1 star comment, I'd like to say Games People Play talked about other people. This book talks about YOU.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best one can read. 1 May 2012
By Richard A. Spearnock - Published on
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This is one of the best books on human behavior one can read. It is lucky if you can still get a copy. It's written by a man that truly understood what he wrote. One of the best things about the book is that when you read it, it is almost like the Dr. was sitting in front of you, telling you what he knows and believes. I think it is still one of the best I have read. Read it, then read it again. One can't help but learn something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read Many Years Ago 14 April 2013
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I read this book in the '70s. It was helpful then and re-read it recently. It is still helpful and full of wisdom for building genuine relationships.
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