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Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry (Colophon Books) Paperback – February 26, 1975
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About the Author
William Glasser, M.D., is a world-renowned psychiatrist who lectures widely. His numerous books have sold 1.7 million copies, and he has trained thousands of counselors in his Choice Theory and Reality Therapy approaches. He is also the president of the William Glasser Institute in Los Angeles.
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Top Customer Reviews
In particular, the thing that stuck most with me was the importance of taking responsibility for my own actions, and holding others accountable in appropriate ways.
And yes, his book helped A LOT in dealing with difficult people.
I have since read another one of Glasser's books and plan to read as many as I can. HIS BOOK IS A CLASSIC.
You won't be disappointed.
Glasser's book is divided into two main parts, one that describes the theory of Reality Therapy and one that describes its practice. The first two chapters of the book outline the main principles of Reality Therapy and explain how Reality Therapy differs from conventional therapy. The remaining four chapters of the book present a variety of case studies that illustrate both some of the techniques involved in the practice of Reality Therapy and its success at treating patients who appear to be suffering from very different kinds of 'mental illness'. It is noteworthy that Reality Therapy often succeeds where traditional therapy has failed. The principles of Reality Therapy are also very effective in public school classrooms, so this is a book that could be read profitably not only by mental health professionals, but also by teachers.Read more ›
Responsibilty for self and for your choices and the learned abilites to fulfill one's own pshycological needs and to help others do it is what this book is all about. William Glasser is a blessing to this world.
Dr. Glasser began as an engineering student. He left engineering and went into medicine, specializing in psychiatry. When he began practicing, he developed a commonsense, practical, present day approach to treatment that he came to name "Reality Therapy." His premise is that things are tough all over, now what are you going to do about it?
Always his focus is on what is within a person's power and control to change or impact. He empowers his clients by directing them to focus their energy on things they can change. This is why he doesn't spend a lot of time talking about the past. While the past is an important component responsible, in part, for shaping who we are today, a person cannot change things that happened in the past. Staying focused in the past is a very disempowering position because it can't be changed.
Another error that people often make is thinking their life would be absolutely fine if someone else in it would change. This may, in fact, be true, however one person has very little impact in changing another person unless that person genuinely wants to change. This is why Reality Therapy focuses on what the person can change about him or herself to better manage the people and circumstances of his or her life. One's own behavior and thinking is within the person's control to change. That is empowering rather than spending a lifetime wishing that someone else would change.
Reality therapy helps people identify their goals, evaluates the actions they currently engage in as they relate to the attainment of that goal and when not effective, asks people to create a plan to do it more effectively.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
makes some great points on how to view reality and our world view.Published 3 months ago by B. E. Mclaughlin
A simple-to-understand concept of emotional struggles and relief through self-understanding and action.Published 4 months ago by M. Stanton
This book was written fifty years ago. The approach is still being taught around the world as a method of counselling that helps people take charge of their life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bette
Brilliant description of the heart of reality Therapy. Realising the essential aspect of changing the attitude to change the behaviour and deal with what is happening at present... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jean
Was really looking forward to reading this, but when it arrived, the print was so small and centered in the middle, that you could not read it. so much for quality control.Published 8 months ago by J. Mcadams