It was such a pleasant morning and after an accountability call, with the clear air, I took some time to reflect. I was going back to Dr. William Glasser’s 1965 edition of Reality Therapy and at that time he wrote that it was a therapy to move people toward reality.
It is interesting when one hears the term Reality Therapy the first thing that they say to me is : “ you mean get real?” Yes, in all honestly that is exactly it. But what does it mean to get real.
Over the last thirty years the ideas have evolved and even in 1965 Dr. Glasser was writing about what appears to most of us as “ crazy behavior” is an individual’s attempt to find a behavior to meet their needs.
Fast forward to 2018, we a still understand that all anyone is trying to do is meet their own needs. Minimally, we need a good relationship with at least one person in our lives.
With his book, Choice Theory, he gave us an explanation of the “ how and why we behave”. He explains the needs and behavior in great detail. The reality therapy became known as Counseling, Coaching, Teaching. Parenting, Managing with Choice Theory.
Choice Theory explains why what we are doing or not doing is working or not working for us. We have specific procedures that lead to change. In 1965, Dr. Glasser emphasized the need to create a good relationship with the person we are helping. He never swayed from that his entire life. So this is the first procedure to be aware of. If you cannot trust the person you are working with, how effective will it be?
To me it’s logical. We emphasize the procedures that lead to change in our training programs. When you complete even the Basic Intensive you will have a basic understanding of how and why we do what we do and you will have learned the procedures that lead to change.
Consider joining me August 14,15, 16 for my next Basic Intensive. Learn more and sign up here: www.choicetheorytraining.com