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Born to Win: Transactional Analysis with Gestalt Experiments [Paperback]

By Muriel James (Author) & Dorothy Jongeward (Author)
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Item description for Born to Win: Transactional Analysis with Gestalt Experiments by Muriel James & Dorothy Jongeward...

Guides the individual in developing self-awareness and approaching life with confidence

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"The clearest and easily the best popular book of them all."
--Psychology Today.

In this enriching volume, Dr. Muriel James, co-author of Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit, and Dr. Dorothy Jongeward, show that every person has the potential to be a winner: to be an authentic, alive, repsonsive, fulfilled human being. An imaginative guide for self-analysis, discovery and growth--complete with experiments and exercises you can do by yourself--Born to Win uses psychlogical insights to increase your awareness of the real power you have to direct your own life, to make decisions, to develop your own ethical system, to enhance the lives of others--and to understand that you were "Born To Win."

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Studio: Signet
Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.9" Width: 4.21" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1988
Publisher   Signet
Age  18
ISBN  0451165217  
ISBN13  9780451165213  

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More About Muriel James & Dorothy Jongeward

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Muriel James is a licensed marriage and family counselor, an international consultant in human relations to corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies, and was an advisor to the California Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. James received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkely. She is past president of the International Transactional Analysis Association, and was a colleague of Dr. Eric Berne. Dr. James is author and co-author of seventeen books, including Breaking Free, Hearts on Fire, The Better Boss in Multicultural Organizations and Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit.
Dr. Dorothy Jongeward is an internationally prominent management consultant who has pioneered the field of productivity through "people skills." She served on the faculty of the University of California Extension for many years and has made a lasting contribution to understanding the psychology of women. She is a Teaching Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association and a Life Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. She has authored or co-authored seven other succesful books including Women as Winners and Winning with People. Her creative career is cited in many references, including The World's Who's Who of Women. In 1990, Dr. Jongeward was selected as one of six alumni of Washington State University "who have made significant contributions to history and culture in this century."

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Reviews - What do customers think about Born to Win: Transactional Analysis with Gestalt Experiments?

Mere waste of time and money  Apr 2, 2008
By looking at the previous reviews I had great hopes of learning something useful from the book. I am greatly disappointed there is nothing to learn. there is nothing more than common sense in the book. I am sorry may be I should say common sense of blabbering people. It is like saying if u are able to see it means there light there. or may be if it is looking like a day there is sun there etc. We all know how many different ways we feel and behave , like some times we are angry sometimes we are sad some times we are contemplative etc. We do not need a book from so called psychologists to say that. If u can read some religious book like bagavad gita or koran or bible they will give 1000 times more wisdom and and also show us a path to go by to improve ourselves.
I recommand the book "The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran " to get great insights into the issues we deal with in our lives. Here this book is given one star, because the s/w does not permit me to give 0 stars.I am hoping to save precious time of some people intending to read this book, by this review.
Well Done!  Feb 16, 2008
I have been a practicing pychologist for almost thirty years. have my original yellowed copy with broken back, prominant on my shelf. I refer people to this book and work them through it as a course in thinking and feeling change!

It is clear and understandable. I was taught Transactional Analysis by my Clinical professor. We also used TA in the theraputic community when I was a prison psychologist. The authors combine gestalt process along with transactional models. Eric Berne the creator of TA was trained in Freudian Psychology so there is some parallels. But the language is concrete and the sources of the content are tangible. It is a process oriented book, with some insight thrown in.

There is criticism about a lack of philosophical orientation, but I continue to recomend this book after many years, and send my patients/clients out to find it. Hopefully we will continue to keep it being published.

Possibly an updated version? Why? You may not be old enough to remember when the grocery store gave out gold and green stamps for merchandise redemtion? So the idea of collecting stamps as a way of describing building up feelings of injustice may be confusing.

I have used this as a text in bibliotherapy for some clients who radically changed there lives before my eyes.

I highly recomend this book! I actually do! In my practice!
Basic Book for All  Jan 20, 2008
I had this book as a text in college. It was an eye opener. It enabled me to communcate with others more easily. This book has been used for years and its information seems to be timeless. Understanding the Ego states, many beleive, is the foundation for intelligent communication and understanding with others.
Manual for becoming an adult  Dec 8, 2005
I have yet to give 5 stars to a book because, in my view, a 5 star book is one I would recommend to everyone. My holding back a star on this book is merely because it is presented in a "self-help" format. There's great stuff in this book, without a doubt. But some people -- perhaps the ones who may need to know about transactional analysis the most -- are not so open to exercises that are "touchy-feely."
My interest in transactional analysis (TA) is from an organization development point of view. For anyone who has ever worked in an organization, to say it can be dysfunctional is an understatement. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a roadmap that everyone can follow where all interactions could be pleasant and productive? Well, there is such a roadmap. TA is brilliant in presenting, somewhat simply, the different states from which we communicate (transact) and how some just don't work.
If you've ever tried to read the writings of Eric Berne, the originator of TA, it is very hard to follow. This is where Born To Win shines. It has done a beautiful job of distilling the essence and presenting it in the most comprehensive way. Reading this book will allow you to recognize the games people are playing, ones you're caught up in or maybe even those you've initiated.
The authors posit that losers manipulate others to live up to their expectations while winners assume responsibilty for their lives while fully respecting the uniqueness of others'. This book is a great manual for realizing the ultimate goal of TA -- to reach full autonomy by throwing off patterns not relevant to the here and now.
Scary  Nov 3, 2005
You'll find yourself in this book so many times it's not funny, and helps you alot.

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