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Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom Paperback – January 6, 1999
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"Choice Theory is absolutely superb both in its ideas and in the way that it is presented in this book. It is in a class of its own in clarity and depth of understanding and is exceedingly helpful in clinical practice." -- Dr. Robert Lefever, director of the PROMIS Recovery Centres, UK
"A few weeks after I received this book, I showed it to my television audience and said, 'This is a fabulous book.' I was impressed with its clarity, its many examples, and how we can all use it to improve our marriages, get along better with our families, and persuade our children to do well in school. Choice theory, as Dr. Glasser explains it, is a new psychology of health and joy." -- Dr. Robert H. Schuller, Founding Pastor, Crystal Cathedral Ministries
"Bill Glasser has always demonstrated insight and understanding in describing human behavior. In Choice Theory he has deepened his perspectives and shows the reader alternatives of appropriate behavior. This book is the best of Dr. Glasser's distinguished worksa must for people in the helping professions." --Richard L. Foster, educational consultant and former superintendent of schools (Berkeley, CA)
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In "Choice Theory," Dr. William Glasser offers readers a new and far more effective way to get along with the people in our lives. He explains convincingly that, barring severe poverty or untreatable illness, unsatisfying or disconnecting relationships are the source of almost all crime, addiction, and mental illness, as well as marital, family, and school failure. For progress in human relationships, he explains that we must give up the punishing, relationship-destroying external control psychology that is by far the dominant one in the world. in one of this century's most significant books on psychology, Dr. Glasser offers us choice theory, a noncontrolling psychology that gives us freedom to sustain the relationships that lead to healthy, productive lives.
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In addition, he makes claims based on his own opinions, rather than on empirical data, claiming, for example, that all humans find learning and accomplishments useless unless shared with others. His characterization of his friend hitting a hole-in-one on a golf course "disastrous" because he was alone on the course speaks more to the author's insecurities than to anything else. The author is, of course, entitled to his own opinions. The issue is that he presents them indiscriminately as facts.
I have had my copy for over three years and have read it at least twice each year. It is my scientific companion to other writings that have helped make my life and relationships better.
Allow me to give you the good parts: 1 only you can choose what you do, trying to coerce others or trying to please others is a waste of time and effort, and you'll get frustrated. 2 everyone has secret stats the way mario kart characters have stats. Learn your stats and try to match yours up with your sig other. stats are: power, fun, freedom, belonging, And love. 3 people have a vision of what they want in their life, if you want them to do something not in that perception, forget it. If you want them to discard something in that vision, forget it. 4 depression is a choice you subconsciously make when reality is at conflict with your vision. So is arthritis and chronic back pain (yes, he does say that).
Only after this mind-set do I begin interaction. When I have been able to keep this focus the interpersonal results have been wonderful. Business tasks are quickly and very efficiently completed. My wife and I smile at each other when we make a decision. Trust, love, and respect continue to build as this mind-set is practiced again and again.
I am astounded at the technological advances man has made. Using the knowledge in this book gives man a chance of getting out of our psychological stone-age. BUT if you will NOT allow yourself to be vulnerable do not waste your time with this book.