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Choice Theory

A New Psychology of Personal Freedom
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Summary

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.

©1998 William Glasser, MD (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Jim on 05-05-15

Wonderful

Tremendously interesting and enlightening. Much about USA though which I couldn't relate to as I'm Irish.
I couldn't recommend this book highly enough in terms of enlightenment.

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By Zee on 21-07-18

Amazing

Choice theory will help you get rid of arrogance, pride and anger over the dumbest of things that are so petty in your life and relationships, it'll help you feel better and apply some of these things as a counsellor as well which is why im here.

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By Lisa on 26-02-19

brilliant information

loved it. every chapter gave more and more insight into the behaviours we operate with on a daily basis. powerful in every way. im off to make better choices in life & love ♡

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By FrankD on 03-01-15

Interesting..

I learned a lot from the book..I can see how I can apply much of what was shared to my life. I still struggle a little with the idea of how to implement it in my life with my children. In a perfect world, I can see how wonderful it would be if everyone adopted choice theory, but that is not the case. My children are still attending schools that do not offer such thinking..I still interact daily with people who are attempting to deal with me using external control. I will be a work in progress 😊

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Patrick Mabry, Jr. on 12-08-14

Make a great choice; read this one!

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom by William Glasser, M.D. is an excellent guide for building strong relationships in your marriage, with your children, in education, and in business. Using basic principles fleshed out by detailed case studies, Glasser leads the reader to effective strategies in these and other situations where building relationships will resolve problems. Glasser contrasts external coercion based with choice based approaches to building and maintaining relationships. He suggests that humans have five inherited needs which vary genetically in their importance to us. These varying needs in those with whom we have or need to have relationships are at the heart of conflict. Dr. Glasser's principles are easily understood, but are counter intutive to the external coercive models of relating to which we are accustomed. I intend to add this book to my reread regularly list. I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles to relate to those in his or her life.

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By wildblue on 08-10-19

Incredible theory that is a must-read!

I definitely capture the vision of the author and think it would be best if everyone could at least expose themself to this concept of Choice Theory. I could see relationships, marriages, parent-child dynamics and schools improving greatly if the majority of people could adopt this way of thinking.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Fabian on 15-04-19

Good book, good theory, great narration!

First of all I’m a psychologist in training so I bought this book for practical reasons. Choice theory and reality therapy can be a little hard to swallow but Glasser shows us great vignettes of therapy sessions that makes us think and understand his theory. Overall it was a good book and the theory is pretty great. The narrator was superb! He changes voices in the vignettes and dramatized the therapy session.

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By Buddy Thornton on 28-03-19

An every person read

Choice theory explained and made real in everyday contexts by the man who invented the theory...best listen

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By EmanInAZ on 24-03-19

Refreshing, insightful, and so far successful

Successful relationships that work for everyone involved start with making the choice to look inwards 1st.

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By Loretta K Wiechert on 08-11-18

Changed my life in my 20s

I am refreshing now at 49 and still love this book! If everyone applied the simple techniques in this book, the world and each persons relationships would be dramatically improved!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 28-09-18

Best Self Help Book Ever

The reading of this book was wonderful. I really enjoyed the entire process. This in my mind is no doubt the absolute best self help book I have ever come across. The entire idea is about putting everything back in your own control. I’m looking forward to finding similar types of books and readings to learn more.

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By Jacqueline Juliana on 20-02-17

Great concept, easy application

The ideas in this book hold great potential to prove lives by increasing personal freedom and reducing conflict.

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By Ron Ewan Leppanen on 30-08-16

very well written book with fresh new ideas

fresh new ideas to yesterday's tired broken psychology practices. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for inner change.

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