William Glasser Reality Therapy in Action

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Reality Therapy in Action

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"Dr. Glasser's therapy is based on inescapable truths: Meaningful relationships are central to the good life, the choices we make will determine their quality, and we can only create them if we take responsibility for ourselves without controlling the other person. His vivid stories and dialogues illustrate how to go about creating a good life." -- From the foreword by Peter Breggin, M.D.

In this long-awaited continuation of his most successful book, Reality Therapy, Dr. William Glasser takes readers into his consulting room and illustrates through a series of conversations with his patients, exactly how he puts his popular therapeutic theories into practice.

Dr. Glasser introduces us to among others:

  • Jerry, who is trying to overcome his obsessive-complusive disorder,

  • Bea and Jim, a couple who want to rebuild their relationship after Jim's affair, and

  • Roger, an alcoholic in desperate need of a meaningful relationship

These vivid, almost novelistic case histories bring Dr. Glasser's new version of this therapy to life, and show readers how to get rid of the controlling, punishing, i know what's right for you psychology that crops up in most situations when. people face conflict with one another.

Practical and readable, Reality Therapy in Action is Dr. Glasser's most accessible book in years.

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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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"'It is what you choose to do in a relationship, not what others choose to do, that is the heart of reality therapy.' This quote perhaps best summarizes Dr. Glasser's break from external control psychology and emphasis on choice and responsibility. This book focuses on relationships and provides insight into the mind of one of psychotherapy's giants. The pragmatic writing style allows one to not only learn about reality therapy but also about life." -- Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D., ABPP, distinguished professor of psychology and counseling, Governors State University

"I appreciate Dr. Glasser's elaboration on the theme of creating satisfying relationships in our lives. I particularly like the existential emphasis on the roles of choice and responsibility. This book reinforces the notion that we do have choices and that we contribute to our degree of happiness by how we think and act in our present-day living." -- Gerald Corey, Ed.D., A.B.P.P., professor of human services and counseling, California State University, Fullerton

"I greatly enjoyed reading Reality Therapy in Action, and think it one of the most creative books on psychotherapy ever written. . . . I especially recommend some of the main things he does, such as marital and parental therapy. They are most effective and deserve to be widely copied by therapists." -- Albert Ellis, Ph.D., president of Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

"When one chooses the road's beginning, one chooses a destination. An inspiring trailblazer with a wealth of practical information and timeless wisdom, William Glasser is one of history's preeminent psychotherapists. In Reality Therapy in Action he maps an easy route for those in pain to reclaim direction, to reclaim their desired destinations." -- Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation

"William Glasser is a brilliant therapist, and he has written another brilliant book. The case-study format that he has developed with this work allows the reader to feel as though he or she is experiencing and participating in the therapy sessions. . . . Dr. Glasser writes like a novelist, playwright, or short story author, but most important, he clearly explains the basic precepts of choice theory and reality therapy and shows the reader how these constructs can be used in real therapy sessions to help real people change their behavior and their lives." -- Gary G. Forrest, Ed.D., Ph.D., clinical psychologist and executive director, Psychotherapy Associates and the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling, and Psychotherapy, Inc.

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