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William Glasser : Reality Therapy And Choice Theory

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“We almost always have choices, and the better the choices the more we will be in control of our lives.” These are wise words once spoken by Dr. William Glasser, an American Psychiatrist who was the developer of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory. Reality therapy is firmly based on Choice Theory and its successful claim is dependent on a strong understanding of Choice Theory. Who is William Glasser and what is it about his approach that makes it successful? William Glasser was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where he received his BA (1945), MA (1948), and M.D. (1953) degrees in Clinical Psychology. He completed his medical internship at UCLA from 1954 to 1957, as well as his Psychiatric Residency at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, and became a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in 1961. The University of San Francisco awarded Dr. Glasser the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa in 1990. Dr. Glasser has written seventeen books, all published by Harper Collins, including his best-selling Reality Therapy (1965), Schools Without Failure (1969), Positive Addiction (1976), The Quality School (1990), Choice Theory (1998), Reality Therapy in Action (2000), and Counseling with Choice Theory (2001). Dr. Glasser was a private practitioner of psychiatry in West Los Angeles from 1956-86, while lecturing and writing on a simultaneous source. After closing his office, he devoted himself completely to
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