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game (TA)

(Berne's final definition) A series of transactions with a Con, a Gimmick, a Switch, and a Crossup, leading to a Payoff.

(Joines's definition) The process of doing something with an ulterior motive that (1) is outside of Adult awareness, (2) does not become explicit until the participants switch the way they are behaving, and (3) results in everyone feeling confused, misunderstood, and wanting to blame the other person.

Credit

Definitions quoted with permission from: Stewart, Ian & Joines, Vann: TA Today: A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis

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