THE GAMES CHILDREN PLAY by A. H. Chapman

THE GAMES CHILDREN PLAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Chapman has been playing hide-and-seek with psychiatric problems for 25 years and he's a disciple of Harry Stack Sullivan, also indebted to Eric Berne (cf. his earlier books as well as this one). The game which is used here as the equivalent of an interpersonal pattern also has an unhealthy implication, running interference as it does to disrupt or distort the relationship, and you'll witness all kinds -- exploiting, competing, manipulating, etc. -- in these well illustrated examples with quietly, entertaining dialogues. These are first played at home -- then in school -- and there's some interesting material on body games (obesity, stuttering, bedwetting). Dr. Chapman's children grow up and thus he deals with sexual problems and drugs and takes a judiciously firm line. One way or another you'll see yourself with your One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians in that Mirror, Mirror on the Wall and a book like this should enable you to improve the image. It's sound and sensible applied therapy.

Pub Date: Jan. 4th, 1971
Publisher: Putnam