William Glasser's Theory Of Reality Therapy

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William Glasser (May 11, 1925 – August 23, 2013), a renowned American psychologist and psychiatrist, developed Reality Therapy in 1965 - a method of counselling and psychotherapy. In this, his disagreement with the Freudian (Sigmund Freud: 06/05/1856- 23/09/1939) theory of mental illness was openly noted, which found great support from a teacher and psychiatrist G. L. Harrington in 1965, an anti-Freudian whom Glasser credits as being his ‘mentor’. Validated by research studies, this theoretical approach has been successfully taught and practiced in many countries around the world (Wubbolding, 2000)[footnoteRef:2].Reality Therapy has been effectively applied to schools (Glasser, 1990, 1993)[footnoteRef:3], parenting (Glasser, 2000)[footnoteRef:4], and counselling and therapy (Wubbolding, 2000, 2004; Wubbolding & Brickell, 1999)[footnoteRef:5]. This concept referred to people-friendly and people-cantered; an approach to psychotherapy and counselling which differs from conventional psychiatry, psychoanalysis and medical model schools of psychotherapy in that its ideas were based on what Glasser calls psychiatry 's three Rs:-Realism, Responsibility and Right-and-Wrong, rather than symptoms of mental disorders. [2: Wubbolding, R. (2000). Reality Therapy in the 21st Century. Philadelphia: Brunner-Routledge] [3: Glasser, W. (1990). The Quality School: Managing Students without Coercion. New York: Harper Collins. Glasser, W. (1993). The Quality School
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