Analysis Of Glasser 's Reality Therapy Essay

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In contrast to cognitive behavioural approaches, Glasser’s Reality Therapy (RT) is centred upon the premise that a client’s chances of experiencing happiness increase if they are able to connect with others. The underlying issues of most clients are consistent, and the client is either currently involved in an unsatisfying relationship, or lacking any form of relationship (Perkins, 2015). Choice theory, an integral component of reality therapy, emphasises that individuals are responsible for what they choose to do. Clients are motivated internally by their present needs and wants, and control their current behavioral choices (Wubbolding et al., 2013). Choice theory proposes that human beings possess genetically encoded needs that motivate them throughout life. These needs are: self-preservation, or survival; love and belonging; inner control, or power; independence, or freedom; and fun, or enjoyment Varying in strength, every human has these five needs. For instance, all humans have a need for love and belonging, with some humans needing more love than others (Burdenski & Wubbolding, 2011).

Choice theory is based on the premise that human beings have an inherent need to be social creatures and to both receive and give love. According to Burdenski & Wubbolding, (2011) the need to love and to belong is the most important need, because satisfaction of all other needs requires people. The need to love and to belong is also considered the hardest need to satisfy because, in…

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