Glasser, a psychiatrist and the author of Choice Theory
(1998), offers advice on how to apply that theory to dysfunctional relationships between parents and troubled teens, noting that while parents can't control the child's actions, they can control their own. By disconnecting from knee-jerk reactions, parents can regain control of the relationship and help their teen through crisis periods. Glasser outlines seven deadly habits many parents practice in reaction to teens: criticizing, blaming, complaining, nagging, threatening, punishing, and rewarding to control. He offers examples from his practice, re-creating conversations with parents and teens to demonstrate a range of problems--disrespect toward parents, failure in school, risky behavior with sex and drugs--and how parents can apply choice theory in dealing with the teen. The therapy is not a cure-all, and Glasser concedes that what he advises is often contrary to commonsense responses. Parents need to change patterns that seem natural but don't yield positive results, for example, continued lecturing and escalating restrictions. A helpful resource for parents looking for a fresh approach. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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.