Original First Edition of Games People Play 1964 Eric Berne

Original First Edition of Games People Play from Eric Berne’s private library.

The thesis of this game is best stated by Henry Miller in The Colossus of Maroussi: “The event must have taken place during the year when I was looking for a job without the slightest intention of taking one.  It reminded me that, desperate as I thought myself to be, I had not even bothered to look through the columns of the want ads.”

This game is one of the complements of “I’m Only Trying to Help You” (ITHY) as is played by social workers who earn their living by it.  “Indigence” is played just as professionally by the client who earns his living in this manner.  The writer’s own experience with “Indigence” is limited, but the following account by one of his most accomplished students illustrates the nature of this game and its place in our society.

The description of this game on this page is incomplete.  For a complete description of this game, refer to Games People Play.