Every person has a picture in his or her head of what life should look like. Dr. William Glasser taught a psychological perspective on those pictures, beginning in the 50’s. That was before the studies of neuroscience in motivation, attention and fMRIs. All of these scientific excursions into the human grey matter have proven his observations correct.
The pictures we have of the life we should have drive our behavior. We use the tools we have to craft the world we want. All this is based in our Basic (psychological) Needs and how we choose to satisfy them. The more vivid and singular the picture, the more intense the behavior.
Dr. Glasser taught that the Basic Needs are; Survival, Love & Belonging, Freedom, Fun and Power. We learn to satisfy them early in our lives. When a toddler’s smile turned a mother or father into a gushing puddle of permissiveness, that behavior was bound to re-appear. It’s not as cute in a rebellious teenager, though. That early response to the smile while dropping soggy oatmeal on the floor turned into a neighbor’s broken widow or an auto accident or worse. Yet it is a chosen behavior- chosen because it has worked in the past. We can help others change those patterns by changing their thoughts and actions.
Learning about the concepts of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy as taught by Dr. Glasser and the William Glasser Institute have enhanced my personal life at home and my ability to deal with challenges at work. Now I truly enjoy helping others look within themselves- to become their own ‘analyst’.
Contact me for more information and the times and dates of training in these exciting concepts. there are people in all corners of the globe that understand and teach this form of mental wellness.