Eric Berne

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Eric Berne in 1969

Eric Berne (born Eric Lennard Bernstein May 10, 1910July 15, 1970) was an American psychiatrist and writer, best known as the creator of Transactional analysis, and as the author of Games People Play: the Psychology of Human Relations (1964).


  • 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.
    • What Do You Say After You Say Hello? (1973)
  • A healthy person goes "Yes," "No," and "Whoopee!" An unhealthy person goes "Yes, but," "No, but," and "No whoopee."
  • No man is a hero to his wife's psychiatrist.

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