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Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships (1964) - Eric, M.D. Berne
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Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = "soul" or "mind", logos/-ology = "study of") is an academic and applied field involving the study of mind and behavior. "Psychology" also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including problems of individuals' daily lives and the treatment of mental illness.

Psychology differs from sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science in part because it involves studying the mental processes and behavior of individuals (alone or in groups) rather than the behavior of the groups or aggregates themselves. Psychology differs from biology and neuroscience in that it is primarily concerned with the interaction of mental processes and behavior and of the overall processes of a system, and not simply the biological or neural processes themselves.

Although psychological questions were asked in antiquity (see Aristotle's De Memoria et Reminiscentia or "On Memory and Recollection"), psychology emerged as a separate discipline only recently. The first person to call himself a "psychologist", Wilhelm Wundt, opened the first psychological laboratory in 1879. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychology [Dec 2005]


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Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships (1964) - Eric, M.D. Berne

Recommended by Luc Spruyt and Gerson Legman in Rationale of the Dirty Joke. Written by Eric Berne and published by Grove Press

Games People Play is a famous 1964 book by psychologist Eric Berne. Since its publication it has sold more than five million copies. The book describes life as a series of games in which people interact through a patterned and predictable series of transactions which are superficially plausible but actually conceal motivations and lead to a well-defined predictable outcome. Not all interactions are games, however. Continuing his work with transactional analysis, Dr. Berne also discusses procedures, rituals, and pastimes in social behavior. [1]

Amazon testimonial: I first noticed this book when my former wife's father gave it to her as a pre-wedding gift. Seven years later, after we seperated, I noticed the book on the shelf with a bookmark in it. Opening it brought me to the bookmark and the game called 'Frigid Woman'. Within minutes, I realized the last year we were together was word for word what Mr. Berne described in his book. Eventually I realized that she was using the knowledge contained in the book to manipulate our relationship. If you buy this book, use it for good. As they say, 'The Force is a powerful ally. Do not succumb to the dark side.'

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