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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The term mind games refers to three main categories:

  • a largely conscious struggle for psychological one-upmanship, often employing passive–aggressive behavior to specifically demoralize or empower the thinking subject, making the aggressor look superior - 'mind games or power games'.
  • 'the unconscious games played by innocent people engaged in duplex transactions of which they are not fully aware, and which form the most important aspect of social life all over the world' - the psychological field of transactional analysis, and in particular the Karpman drama triangle
  • mental exercises designed to improve the functioning of mind and/or personality.

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