Summary of Born to Win

Transactional Analysis with Gestalt Experiments

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Born to Win book summary
The axiom “Know thyself,” inscribed at the Greek temple at Delphi, is as valid today as it was in 1100 B.C.


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Did you ever play the games “Kick me,” “Uproar” or “Kiss Off?” Unlike chess and checkers, these pernicious psychological games have nothing do with fun – quite the opposite. Psychological games represent the hidden ploys and rote maneuvers that shape some people’s lives, as well as the harmful ways they interact. In this popular guide to transactional analysis and gestalt therapy, Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward examine the psychological games some people feel impelled to play, and the often self-destructive life scripts they believe they must follow. The authors explain how people can free themselves from such fallacious thinking through the breakthroughs offered by transactional analysis and gestalt therapy. getAbstract recommends this enriching classic to anyone who wants to understand human behavior.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What transactional analysis and gestalt therapy are;
  • How primary ego states, basic transactional forms, psychological games and life scripts differentiate life’s “winners” from its “losers”; and
  • What the chief characteristics of winners are.


Winners and Losers
Transactional analysis (TA) and gestalt therapy can explain why people behave the way they do. Created by Dr. Eric Berne, transactional analysis is a tool for analyzing and understanding human behavior. Gestalt therapy experiments, originally developed by Dr. Frederick...
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About the Authors

Muriel James, Ed.D., marriage counselor and consultant, writes books on psychology and related topics. She is the former president of the International Transactional Analysis Association. Dorothy Jongeward, Ph.D., is a management consultant and author.

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