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Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom



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Easy to understand way to change your life  March 30, 2011

This textbook should be required reading for everyone in America. Yes, I am a therapist and have utilized Glasser's advice with various individuals with wonderful results. The world truly would be a different place if we changed our attempts to control others and actually realized (and lived our lives like we realize) that the only person you have any control over is yourself. It's not only a freeing concept but it also forces people to stop making excuses for why their lives are not the way they want them to be.

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


This important work, the latest by Dr. Glasser, is a bold proposal for helping families, schools, work places and entire communities, to help people feel free, and at the same time, get along with each other.

Dr. William Glasser offers a new psychology that, if practiced, could reverse our widespread inability to get along with one another, an inability that is the source of almost all unhappiness.

For progress in human relationships, he explains that we must give up the punishing, relationship–destroying external control psychology. For example, if you are in an unhappy relationship right now, he proposes that one or both of you could be using external control psychology on the other. He goes further. And suggests that misery is always related to a current unsatisfying relationship. Contrary to what you may believe, your troubles are always now, never in the past. No one can change what happened yesterday.

The essence of choice theory is exemplified in this situation: you hear the telephone ring; you answer the phone. The reason you answered the phone? Because it rang. No, the reason you answered the phone is because you chose to answer the phone. You could have chosen not to answer it.

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