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Product Details

  • Series: Colophon Books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reissue edition (February 26, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060904143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060904142
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an extraordinarily significant book. Readers will themselves discover that it is courageous, unconventional, and challenging. And future developments will, I predict, show that it is also scientifically and humanly sound." -- Dr. O. Hobart Mowrer,from the Foreward

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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William Glasser, M.D.,is a world-renowned psychatrist who lectures widely. He is the author of many books including Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, The Quality School, and Getting Together and Staying Together, and he is the president of the William Glassner Institute in Los Angeles.

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Your life will be better.
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I read this book at a time when I was dealing with some very difficult people in my life.
George Stancliffe
An excellent addition for anyone's library.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By George Stancliffe on July 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book at a time when I was dealing with some very difficult people in my life. It helped me to see ways that I could change my own way of dealing with difficult people in constructive ways.
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.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By sam on May 28, 2000
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Glasser's Reality Therapy is one of the recognized modern approaches to psychotherapy. This was his seminal work on the subject with practical cases from his experience in an institution with troubled teenage girls. The development of his thinking in this book is a good introduction to his later books on the subject. Easy to read, very practical in outlook and a relief from the obscure Freudian approaches. not to take anything away from the breakthrough that Freud brought to the entire subject of mental state.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cherilyn Keall on September 5, 2008
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In this book, Dr. William Glasser puts forward the claim that mental illness does not exist. He does not deny that the people whom we like to call 'mentally ill' have problems and are in need of help. He maintains, rather, that such people are not sick, but are instead irresponsible. The behaviour of so-called 'mentally ill' people is, on Glasser's view, an expression of those people's inability to fulfill two basic psychological needs without depriving others of the ability to fulfill their own basic psychological needs. The first need is the need to love and to be loved, the second is the need to feel a sense of being worthwhile to oneself and to others. Reality Therapy is the method of treatment that Glasser and his colleague have developed in an effort to help people to help themselves to fulfill these basic psychological needs and thereby to become more responsible.

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.
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
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People no longer have an excuse when they start to find out they have the power to choose. Understanding is fine, but it doesn't propel you forward. Please if you are sick of spinning your tires in the mud of the past and want to get unstuck, take a reality check. If you don't want to grow up, don't read this book. Don't waste your time reading this book if you don't want to take action.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keiko A. M. Oliveira on February 19, 2009
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This book saved me from dropping school. As a young student of Psychology in the Freudianism dominated Universidade de São Paulo I was disilusioned about the usefulness of psychotherapy and its antagonism with my own values system, until a friend gave me this book, 27 years ago. To this day, hundreds of books later, it remains as one of the best books I ever read.
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly M. Olver on March 23, 2009
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Dr. William Glasser wrote his timeless classic, Reality Therapy, written in 1965.

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.
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