Books: The Names of the Games

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY by Eric Berne, M.D. 192 pages. Grove Press. $5.

John Husband, feeling amorous, makes advances to his wife and is stonily repulsed. Enraged, Mr. Husband begins to shout unchivalrous things. His wife, just as furious, hollers back until the battle ends with a thunder of slamming doors. How to explain such behavior? Easy, says Author Berne. Husband and wife are playing games.

Dr. Berne labels this game Frigid Woman, and warns against the conclusion that its outcome is all Mrs. Husband's fault. Chances are that her spouse deliberately, if unconsciously, chose just such an unobliging mate—"to minimize the danger,"...

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