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Scripts People Live: Transactional Analysis of Life Scripts
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2008
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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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 1999
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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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2005
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2009
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2014
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 go on and live by them very strictly
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2013
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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on 25 March 2015
The book is clearly written and gives a good though not altogether accurate description of Eric Berne's script theory. It tends to lose the individual in the script process by becoming involved with major social issues like sexism. Sexism and other forms of abuse of power inequalities are ingrained in our way of life and have to be tackled. But reading this book I couldn't help but be reminded of Sartre's remark about Gustave Flaubert, that Flaubert was a 'bourgeois' but not every bourgeois was a Flaubert. And that's the trouble with this book you don't really get a way of finding out how the individual is created. Instead of focusing on the individual script the book is more focused on general social scripts that we learn. The early decisions that make us who we are are personal and unique given the family social matrix we are embedded in and in my opinion can't be reduced to broad social categories-although they form the overall context for more personal individual scripts. Also Steiner describes 'scripting' which is just another word for childhood training or informal education. I believe this is something of a move away from Berne's original theory of scripts which was very much about describing what makes us unique.
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on 19 September 2011
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 background reading, but not necessarily the easiest read if you are a beginner...either way, i'd recommend anyone give it a go!
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