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Reality therapy in action
Glasser, William, 1925-2013.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
xix, 243 pages ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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RC489.R37 G547 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"Dr. Glasser's therapy is based on inescapable truths: Meaningful relationships are central to the good life, the choices we make will determine their quality, and we can only create them if we take responsibility for ourselves without controlling the other person. His vivid stories and dialogues illustrate how to go about creating a good life." -- From the foreword by Peter Breggin, M.D.

In this long-awaited continuation of his most successful book, Reality Therapy, Dr. William Glasser takes readers into his consulting room and illustrates through a series of conversations with his patients, exactly how he puts his popular therapeutic theories into practice.

Dr. Glasser introduces us to among others:

Jerry, who is trying to overcome his obsessive-complusive disorder, Bea and Jim, a couple who want to rebuild their relationship after Jim's affair, and Roger, an alcoholic in desperate need of a meaningful relationship

These vivid, almost novelistic case histories bring Dr. Glasser's new version of this therapy to life, and show readers how to get rid of the controlling, punishing, i know what's right for you psychology that crops up in most situations when. people face conflict with one another.

Practical and readable, Reality Therapy in Action is Dr. Glasser's most accessible book in years.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this plainspoken, welcome follow-up to his 1965 bestseller Reality Therapy, no-nonsense psychiatrist Glasser revisits some familiar psychological terrain and presents a series of candid chats with composite characters closely drawn from his patients. His reality theory emphasizes the importance of conscious choice and personal responsibility as effective alternatives to drugs or electroshock therapy for redirecting the destructive behaviors often labeled as mental illness. Glasser repeatedly stresses the importance to his clients of meaningful, loving relationships to sustaining good emotional and mental health; those clients include a teenage girl infatuated with promiscuity, a suicidal husband who dreams of becoming the woman he sees when he looks in the mirror, a battered wife fearful of freedom, a potentially explosive teenage boy raised on harsh words and cruelty, and an obsessive-compulsive man transfixed with his similarity to the nasty Jack Nicholson character in the film As Good as It Gets. Wasting no time on exploring dreams or childhood trauma, Glasser hones in on the obstacles to each patient's intimate relationships or normal functioning. While some of the results are extremely positive, not all of the conflicts are resolved favorably or predictably. Taking an unromanticized look at our modern phobias and manias, Glasser offers sharp insights into how making rational, effective choices can heal the mind and soul. 25-city radio campaign. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved