Tuning Out the OK Chorale by Susan Prudhomme

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Tuning Out the OK Chorale

Eric Berne’s Games People Play
Thomas A. Harris’s I’m OK, You’re OK
by Susan Prudhomme

I arrived at the Institute for Transactional Analysis in 1972, complete with the humanistic attitudes of the times, and eager to receive therapy under the guise of “being in training” as a practitioner. Instead of the staid, well-appointed offices I expected in an “institute,” I was taken aback to find a notably irritable receptionist presiding over a bare foyer.

This was overrun by young adults indulging in various attitudes and antics—one perched on the receptionist’s desk riffling her hair, another sprawled lazily on the floor, legs stretched across the walkway. I later learned that they were expressing their “Natural Child,” and this was considered a good thing.

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