Games People Play

  • by Eric Berne
  • Narrated by David Colacci
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Over 40 years ago, Games People Play revolutionized our understanding of what really goes on during our most basic social interactions. More than five million copies later, Dr. Eric Berne's classic is as astonishing and revealing as it was on the day it was first published. We play games all the time---sexual games, marital games, power games with our bosses, and competitive games with our friends. Detailing status contests like "Martini" (I know a better way), to lethal couples combat like "If It Weren't For You" and "Uproar," to flirtation favorites like "The Stocking Game" and "Let's You and Him Fight," Dr. Berne exposes the secret ploys and unconscious maneuvers that rule our intimate lives. Explosive when it first appeared, Games People Play is now widely recognized as the most original and influential popular psychology book of our time. It's as powerful and eye-opening as ever.

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What the Critics Say

"An important book...a brilliant, amusing, and clear catalogue of the psychological theatricals that human beings play over and over again." (Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Life magazine)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good Idea, Bad Illustration

The idea that people play games that can be generally identified and analyzed is enlightening, and some of the archetypes given in the book are great. The problem is that the book is so heavily steeped in transactional analysis jargon that it's almost unintelligible. I'm unsure if that's because the visual elements of the book are missing, or if the author just expected everyone to have a previous study. Regardless, as a medical student with some undergraduate study in psychology, I recommend you spend your money elsewhere.
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- Thomas Smith

Good, but a bit academic

narrator was good, and the ideas presented were interesting. however at times I had to struggle to pay attention as it is a little dry and a bit academic for my taste.
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- Chris M Moore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio