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I'm OK-You're OK Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1976
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"Happy childhood" notwithstanding, most of us are living out the NOT OK feelings of a defenseless CHILD wholly dependent on OK others for stroking and care. By the third year of life, says Dr. Harris, most of us have made the unconscious decision I'M NOT OK-YOU'RE OK. This negative Life Position, shared by successful and unsuccessful people alike, contaminates our rational ADULT potential -- leaving us vulnerable to the inappropriate, emotional reactions of our CHILD and the uncritically learned behavior programmed into our PARENT.
In personal Transactions, NOT OK people resort to harmful withdrawal, rituals, activities, pastimes, and games for getting needed strokes while avoiding painful intimacy with people they see as OK.
Dr. Thomas A. Harris's pioneering work in Transactional Analysis has had a fundamental impact on our understanding of interpersonal behavior. In showing us how to make the conscious decision I'M OK-YOU'RE OK, he has helped millions of despairing people find the freedom to change, to liberate their ADULT effectiveness, and to achieve joyful intimacy with the people in their 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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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 would recommend this classic to anyone who wants help understanding one's self and one's relationship to the community.