I'm OK--You're OK Paperback – Jul 6 2004
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About the Author
The late Thomas Harris was a Navy psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Arkansas. He practiced psychiatry in Sacramento, California and directed the Transactional Analysis Association.
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Dr. Harris starts off by going into the history of Transactional Analysis and the theories of those before Dr. Eric Berne. The second chapter explains the basic of Transactional Analysis which is the concept of the Parent, Adult, and Child ego states that are supposed to compose each and every one of our personalities. The Parent ego state contains all the information we accept as true that we have gathered from authority figures including our parents. The Adult ego state is the collection of all information that we have proven to ourselves as being true (using some sort of logic). The Child ego state is our natural good and bad side of feelings - love, anger, greed, empathy, etc. The author extensively uses the phrase P-A-C (Parent-Adult-Child) through the rest of the book.
Dr. Harris then introduces the concept of the four different life positions that each of us adopts at any given time. All of us apparently go through four life positions ending up with the last one in a sequential manner except some of us get stuck in the earlier stages (this results in problems that typically need therapy). These four positions are -
1. I'm Not OK, You're OK
2. I'm Not OK, You're Not OK
3. I'm OK, You're Not OK
4. I'm OK, You're OK
The next few chapters of the book focus on the fact that we can change no matter what stage we are stuck in and the theory behind how to change.Read more ›
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This is a book that I had many,many years go and now with studying registered psychiatric nursing it is a book I would like to read.Published 19 months ago by LMuenz
I received this book in slightly less than satisfactory condition. But the seller was quit prepared to refund my money No matter the book was great to read and left me feeling good... Read morePublished on July 2 2013 by Shaun Courtney
In answer to the usual question, "Yes, I do read all of these books-- every page." I admit that sometimes I want to do like the friar in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and "skip a... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by Glen Engel Cox
I read this book, and I would have to say that it is one of the best tools in understanding how and why people act the way that they do. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002 by Steven.B
I like the theory of parent, adult, and child...But how do you explain when the adult/parent becomes a child??Published on March 8 2001
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand his or her behaviour in situations.
The "A-Ha" feeling you get when you start reading it comes when you... Read more
An outstanding self-help book discussing human behavior based on transactional analysis, in an easy to understand language while still technical.Published on April 10 2000 by Mehrdad Ordoobadi
The author starts the book with a chapter on experiments that were performed, involving electrical stimulation to certain areas of exposed brains during surgery. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2000 by Sonali S A Badi