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Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Glasser's classic bestseller, with more than 500,000 copies sold, examines his alternative to Freudian psychoanalytic procedures, explains the procedure, contrasts it to conventional treatment, and describes different individual cases in which it was successful.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 26th 1975 by Harper Perennial (first published March 28th 1965)
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Timothy Krecsmar
Jun 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting theory...
Glasser's theory that emotionally distressed individuals are behaving irresponsibly because "they deny the reality of the world around them" resonates with me in my classroom. While not always practical (or defensible, in my opinion) I am definitely tweaking my approach in my classroom. My new mantra will be "are you doing the responsible thing?" Teach students that fulfilling their needs has to be done so as not to deprive others of the ability to meet theirs.
Kind of been d
Kate  Rosenberg
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm not hip to all the therapy schools/styles, but I am hip to Glasser's approach. He understands therapy as a somewhat reciprocal process and limits "processing" (or the more psychoanalytic aproach) to just getting the shit done. He's right up my alley. Or rather, I'm right up his. I bet I wouldn't be so damn crazy if he'd have ever been my therapist.
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
As a young therapist in the field, there are many parts of this book that frustrated me and turned me off... however, I realized that I wasn't seriously taking into account the whole of Glasser's approach: TO NEVER GIVE UP on a client means a commitment to unconditional regard and consistency that most therapists cannot actually afford to make or follow-through on. However, within the foundation of such a strong relationship and by remembering HIS definition of terms such as "responsibility" and ...more
Ted Mallory
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psych, teaching
Just a terrific resource. Glasser is great. I don't 100% agree with absolutely everything, but his main points- meaningful involvement with the student, non-acceptance of irresponsible behavior, showing them how to behave responsibly. While first I plan to take a break for some guilty pleasure summer fiction reading- I'm definitely planning on reading some more of Dr. William Glasser.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I do not doubt the words of Dr.Mowrer O. Hobart, in the forward that “[t]his is a significant book”. It is with the utmost professional respect that I render this review as a critique; or if you prefer an opinion; and as Walter Kaufmann(1954) famously interpreted Friedrich Nietzsche in The Portable Nietzsche, “Against that positivism which stops before phenomena, saying "there are only facts," I should say: no, it is precisely facts that do not exist, only interpretations…”.

From the introduction

Michael Seabrook
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
As much as I apprecitate the method put forward by Glasser in this book, I don't agree that it should be a 'be all and end all' sort of treatment. Whilst it's efficiency in assisting in behaviour change is quite notable, the failure it shows in truly understanding individuals is also visible. In fact it doesn't view long-term activities which may have occured in the individual's life as having any reasoning for why they commit what they do.

I do appreciate it's potential benefits in the event of
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
I appreciate some of the concepts in Reality Therapy, but overall, Glasser's ideas strike me as examples of extreme thinking. Absolutely no mental illness? People suffering from major psychiatric problems are simply irresponsible? His beliefs about the LGBTQ community and women are difficult to get through, as well. I realize the text was written in 1964, but it seems that an educated individual such as Dr. Glasser, would have possessed slightly more evolved thoughts concerning social issues.
Carmen Eicken
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This book influenced me and my work when I was employed in Child Welfare at D.H.S. It's probably out of style by now with many new and better theories taking its place. But it was important back in the '70s.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! I read it years ago and have continued to read William Glasser's books, taken his classes, and tried to apply his theories both in my classroom and in my life. This is a gem!
Lisa Greer
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read and loved this one summer while working with troubled teens. It flies in the face, though, of our most recent sensibilities about how self esteem is gained, etc.
Nate Cooley
Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great book about accepting responsibility and learning how to love and be loved.
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
I agree with some of the points in this book and others not so much. Like any psychological theory, different ideas, methods, processes, etc. appeal to different people. In my own opinion, taking a particular approach and saying that this is the best way or the only way is difficult at best.

That said, Glasser's book basically says that therapists need to show the patient what is reality and not accept excuses about past events or such. Glasser's ideas of taking responsibility for your actions, t
Daniel Pew
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy to read, entertaining enough to read through quickly. The dialog feels made up at points, not realistic. The treatments seem okay, I'm sure it works if the therapist believes it will and can convince the client to take responsibility for their issues. Not sure yet if I buy the theory lock, stock, and barrel but parts of it seem useful.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read most of Glasser's work and read this simply for background and to get a better concept of how Choice Theory and Reality Therapy has evolved. After reading this book I have to confess that I'm surprised just how much that is true.

Many "pioneers" of therapeutic interventions often fall into this trap of convincing themselves, and trying to convince others, that their idea is perfect as it is. Having read the newer stuff first and coming back to this book, I can say that this is not at
Sam Dye
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first of many by the author. The concept that the whole Freudian approach is wrong and in fact harmful needs wider exposure. For some reason the clearing of a chronic ward at the LA VAH with RT didn't get the press it should have. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of his books. This book is amazing because it reports results that had never been seen before.
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Although this was Glasser's first cohesive manifesto about Reality Therapy, and can be enjoyed for basic understanding of his position, and for historical purposes, his theories are much more readable and rounded-out in his later book, Choice Theory.
Scott Shifferd
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Very Responsible Therapy

Glasser's findings are a breakthrough for psychology. His observations are eye-opening, practical, and highly responsible. I highly recommend this book to all counselors and teachers.
مردم نه به علت اینکه "بیمارند" غیر مسئولانه عمل می کنند بلکه چون غیر مسئولانه عمل می کنند بیمار هستند.
مسئولیت پذیری، به معنای توانایی فرد در برآورده کردن نیازهای خود است، البته به شیوه ای که مانع برآورده شدن نیازهای دیگران نشود.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
An interesting book I read for an undergrad psychology course.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting 60's approach to therapy. I'll hunt out some of William Glasser's other books to see how his approach evolved.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to, mental-health
One of the best, most sensible approaches to therapy out there. This is the book that helped blast psychotherapy out of its psychoanalytic concrete. Every shrink should read it. And use it.
Kristy Dallas
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life-changing
A must read for teachers, parents of teenagers, and anyone with problems with emotional grasping.
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous information. I've appreciated the wisdom in this book for many years.
Brian Johnson
Nov 16, 2008 is currently reading it
I LOVED Glasser's "Positive Addiction" and this one is lookin' sweet as well. Fun.
Jasmin Martin
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A must read for everyone.
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