- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060724277
- ISBN-13: 978-0060724276
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm OK--You're OK Paperback – July 6, 2004
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Transactional Analysis delineates three observable ego-states (Parent, Adult, and Child) as the basis for the content and quality of interpersonal communication. "Happy childhood" notwithstanding, says Harris, most of us are living out the Not ok feelings of a defenseless child, dependent on ok others (parents) for stroking and caring. At some stage early in our lives we adopt a "position" about ourselves and others that determines how we feel about everything we do. And for a huge portion of the population, that position is "I'm Not OK -- You're OK." This negative "life position," shared by successful and unsuccessful people alike, contaminates our rational Adult capabilities, leaving us vulnerable to inappropriate emotional reactions of our Child and uncritically learned behavior programmed into our Parent. By exploring the structure of our personalities and understanding old decisions, Harris believes we can find the freedom to change our lives.
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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It may seem a little confusing at first, but if you stick with it, a new way of thinking about conversations emerges. The Parent - Adult -Child axis is still incredibly helpful in understanding our own behavior and that of others, and in providing a language with which to find a way of understanding.
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
I remember from my Social Worker class that the Transactional Analysis is the concept of the Parent, Adult, and Child ( P-A-C) ego states that are compose 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 our personal logic.
The Child ego state is our natural good and bad side of feelings - love, anger, greed, empathy
To understand yourself or others this is the book to read it will at least give you a break down on possible situations, feelings either your own or somebody's else.
I complete this book having ideas on how to tackle difficult people, and also some guidance on how to avoid myself falling into argumentative traps.
I wish I had have encountered this book sooner.
I found the first two chapters boring as they were focused on giving a preamble to the TA technique, but after that it was a good read.