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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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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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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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Great

This book was recommended by our kids therapist and it has really helped our family put things into consideration.

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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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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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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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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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Fabulous book! Game changer.

A friend of mine had gone to see Dr. Glasser teach a class and highly recommended this book. I loved it. Dr. Glasser's ideas make a significant contribution to the evolution of our species.

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Great resolution to taking charge.

This book provides a great point of view on the importance of accepting and executing the necessary changes in our lives to experience a better future.

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Amazing

It was really a transformation book for the way I think …it needs a bit of concentration and analysis to the way you think .

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  • 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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  • Zee
  • 07-21-18

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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  • Simon
  • 04-23-21

ChoiceTheory good but mainly case study.

Good attempt to explain what it is but I'd prefer if it the philosophy was explained more in the application. Google is better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-20

Interesting but not science-based

it's an interesting theory with good examples, presented in an engaging way. BUT he presents no scientific grounds whatsoever. Meanwhile he presents it as though it is a fact and not a theory.

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  • Mr. D. Whittaker
  • 11-05-20

Interesting and alluring but full of author hubris

Interesting and alluring but full of author hubris. Worth a listen but there's certainly a whiff of fairytale about some ideas like quality communities.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-26-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-20

I could not listen to the book becaue of the tone

I have been listening to books for a very long time and this is the first time I could not finish a book because of the narration. I could not focus on the content because of the tone, intonation, and performing habits of the narrator. I wish this book was read by someone whose voice was more listenable for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-19

a must read

very good book to listen to, the narration was clear and concise, alot of oh and ahh moments