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Born To Win: Transactional Analysis With Gestalt Experiments: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

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Twenty-five years and four million readers show that Born to Win can change lives for the better. This bestselling classic uses the well-known psychological method called transactional analysis (TA) to uncover the roles we unconsciously act out day after day. Its fifty gestalt exercises have helped a generation realize how they communicate with others and think about themselves. If you want to have more control over your life, work more efficiently, and love others happily, Born to Win will help bring out the ...
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Overview


Twenty-five years and four million readers show that Born to Win can change lives for the better. This bestselling classic uses the well-known psychological method called transactional analysis (TA) to uncover the roles we unconsciously act out day after day. Its fifty gestalt exercises have helped a generation realize how they communicate with others and think about themselves. If you want to have more control over your life, work more efficiently, and love others happily, Born to Win will help bring out the insight and confidence of a born winner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201590449
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: ANNOTATED
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 527,758
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Muriel James, Ed.D, is a psychotherapist and international workshop leader, a minister in the United Church of Christ, and past president of the International Transactional Analysis Association. Dorothy Jongeward, Ph.D., one of the first management consultants to focus on the interpersonal side of productivity, taught for many years on the extension faculty of the University of California, Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

1 Winners and Losers 1
2 An Overview of Transactional Analysis 16
3 The Human Hunger for Strokes and Time Structuring 44
4 The Drama of Life Scripts 68
5 Parenting and the Parent Ego State 101
6 Childhood and the Child Ego State 127
7 Personal and Sexual Identity 160
8 Stamp Collecting and Game Playing 188
9 The Adult Ego State 223
10 Autonomy and Adult Ethics 263
Footnotes and References 278
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2000

    A Remarkable Guide To Mental Health

    We all behave in ways that mystify us. There are those times when we find ourselves hypercritical and judgmental, or profoundly nurturing, or consumed with anger far out of proportion to the provocation, or able to reason with insight and dispassion. From whence come these vastly different responses to the triggers of life? Born To Win provides a vivid and comprehensible journey through the emotional (ego) states that are invoked by life events. The authors conceptualize these emotional (ego) states through the hypothetical construct suggested by Eric Berne, M.D. (Games People Play). In the 'Parent' state, we are judgmental or nurturing; in the 'Adult' state, rational and analytical; in the 'Child' state, impulsive and playful or angry and hurt. The authors demonstrate that our emotional responses to life events arise out of these three ego states. Each state has an appropriate time and place. Often, however, our inappropriate or self-defeating emotional responses occur because we have been overprogrammed by aversive early life events to respond from one ego state when another would be far more adaptive. Recognizing the inappropriate ego state and making the transition to the more proper ego state vastly improves the quality of one's life (e.g., responding to constructive criticism as a rational Adult instead of as a petulant Child). We are all 'born to win' and can do so when we learn to respond to life events from the proper ego state. Born To Win is an invaluable contribution to the cause of mental health.

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