Eric Berne

1910 - 1970

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Eric Berne (May 10, 1910 – July 15, 1970) was a Canadian-born psychiatrist who created the theory of transactional analysis as a way of explaining human behavior. Berne's theory of transactional analysis was based on the ideas of Freud and Carl Jung but was distinctly different. Freudian psychotherapists focused on talk therapy as a way of gaining insight to their patient's personalities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eric Berne has received more than 525,888 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Eric Berne is the 36th most popular psychologist (up from 39th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Canada (up from 21st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Psychologist.

Eric Berne is most famous for his theory of Transactional Analysis.

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Among psychologists, Eric Berne ranks 36 out of 235Before him are Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Hermann Rorschach, Howard Gardner, Gordon Allport, Paul Ekman, and Jerome Bruner. After him are Lawrence Kohlberg, Hans Eysenck, Donald Winnicott, John Bowlby, Milton H. Erickson, and Wolfgang Köhler.

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Among people born in 1910, Eric Berne ranks 15Before him are Jean Genet, Paulette Goddard, Katherine Oppenheimer, Django Reinhardt, Konrad Zuse, and Jacques Monod. After him are Chiang Ching-kuo, Gerda Taro, Dorothy Hodgkin, Walter Schellenberg, Ronald Coase, and Dominique Pire. Among people deceased in 1970, Eric Berne ranks 25Before him are Paul Celan, Otto Heinrich Warburg, Rudolf Carnap, Semyon Timoshenko, Leslie Groves, and C. V. Raman. After him are Jochen Rindt, Andrey Yeryomenko, Napoleon Hill, Vladimir Propp, Artem Mikoyan, and Bruce McLaren.

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Among people born in Canada, Eric Berne ranks 19 out of 1,622Before him are Christopher Plummer (1929), Marshall McLuhan (1911), Margaret Atwood (1939), David Cronenberg (1943), James Naismith (1861), and Glenn Gould (1932). After him are Willard Boyle (1924), Frederick Banting (1891), Michael J. Fox (1961), Gilles Villeneuve (1950), William Giauque (1895), and Saul Bellow (1915).


Among psychologists born in Canada, Eric Berne ranks 2Before him are Albert Bandura (1925). After him are Donald O. Hebb (1904), Steven Pinker (1954), Jordan Peterson (1962), Robert D. Hare (1934), and Gordon Neufeld (1947).