Transactional Analysis Quotes by Erik Berne
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Transactional Analysis Quotes
A healthy person goes ‘Yes,’ ‘No,’ and ‘Whoopee!’ An unhealthy person goes ‘Yes, but,’ ‘No, but,’ and ‘No whoopee.’
A loser doesn’t know what he’ll do if he loses but talks about what he’ll do if he wins and a winner doesn’t talk about what he’ll do if he wins but knows what he’ll do if he loses.
Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future.
Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives the freedom to interfere with the designs of others.
Games are a compromise between intimacy and keeping intimacy away.
I’m OK, and so are you.
No man is a hero to his wife’s psychiatrist.
The destiny of every human being is decided by what goes on inside his skull when confronted by what goes on outside his skull.
The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
“Society frowns upon candidness, except in privacy; good sense knows that it can always be abused, and the Child fears it because of the unmasking which it involves. Hence in order to get away from the ennui of pastimes without exposing themselves to the dangers of intimacy, most people compromise for games when they are available, and these fill the major part of the more interesting hours of social intercourse. That is the social significance of games.”
“The position is, then, that at any given moment each individual in a social aggregation will exhibit a Parental, Adult or Child ego state, and that individuals can shift with varying degrees of readiness from one ego state to another.”