Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships is written by Dr. Eric Berne, a notable psychiatrist from Canada, famous as the creator of Transactional Analysis�a psychological approach inspired by the Freudian belief that the qualitative exchange between three major facets of an individual�s character, namely�Id, superego and ego, determines his thoughts, behaviours and feelings. Games People Play is developed around this very notion, although the facets are very different, and regarded as one of the noteworthy creations that facilitate better understanding of human psyche. The book was first published in the year 1964. More than five million copies of the book, translated in a score of languages, have been sold across the globe.
Dr. Eric Berne acquired international fame with the publication of Games People Play. Although he wrote the book basically for professional therapists, it was equally accepted by a broader group of readers. The author was inspired to a great extent by the works of Wilder Penfield, Erik Erikson, Rene Spitz and Sigmund Freud. However, while Freud may have been a major inspiration, Berne was not a blind follower of Freudian notions, and carved his own path and theories in the field of phsychology.
In Games People Play, the author states that interpersonal communication is a kind of game. People involved in such a 'game' interact with each other through words, facial expressions, and body movement. According to the author, every such game adheres to a predictable pattern. Interaction between two or more individuals eventually approaches an end and yields an outcome. This outcome is characterised by the win of one and loss of the other. In Berne's words, one scores a 'goal' or obtains a 'pay-off', and the other loses the game. Although, in most of the cases people don't realise that they are actually playing a 'game'. The author supports his theory with a number of examples, that help readers see interpersonal and intra-personal communications in a new light.
The book retained its place on the list of best-selling books, published by The New York Times, for 100 consecutive weeks. The memorable creation by Eric Berne, Games People Play is published by Penguin UK. The 176-page paperback edition of the book has the ISBN 10 number 0141040270 and ISBN 13 number 9780141040271.