by Dr. William Glasser
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. It’s a very commonsense approach to problem solving that isn’t common. It is much more common to remain in a victim’s role, blaming the past and other people for where we are today. If you are interested in taking control of your life, then Reality Therapy will show you the way.
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