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Choice Theory psychologyWhat is Choice Theory Psychology?

Choice Theory psychology states that all we do is behave, that almost all behaviour is chosen, and that we are driven by our genes to satisfy five basic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun. In practice, the most important need is love and belonging, as closeness and connectedness with the people we care about is a requisite for satisfying all of our needs.

The Alternative Psychology of External Control

As a psychology, Choice Theory is offered to replace external control psychology, the present psychology of almost all the people in the world. Unfortunately, this forcing, punishing psychology is destructive to relationships. When used in a relationship it will always destroy the ability of one or both to find satisfaction in that relationship and will result in people becoming disconnected from those with whom they want to be connected.

Recommended Reading: Choice Theory

Choice Theory Psychology is a New Explanation of Human Behaviour

It challenges many traditional views about human behaviour:

  • how we live our lives
  • how we relate to others
  • how we interpret “mental illness”
  • how we understand education
  • how we view management

Learning Choice Theory Psychology can give a Whole New Perspective on Life

  • learn new ways to live our lives
  • find more satisfactory ways to deal with the relationships in our lives
  • get a deeper and more hopeful understanding of mental distress
  • discover an alternative to many of the destructive practices in education
  • explore a more satisfactory and productive approach to management

Reality Therapy is the counselling approach based on Choice Theory psychology.

Learning about Choice Theory Psychology

Our courses have a broad appeal as they can help people at an individual level as well as in relationships (partners, children, students, workers).  WGII is the official training body in Ireland authorised by William Glasser International  for courses in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory psychology.



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The William Glasser Institute Ireland is a non-profit making body established in 1987 to help plan and co-ordinate courses in Reality Therapy, Choice Theory psychology, Quality School Education, Lead Management and Personal Well-being. Our goal is to help people improve the quality of their personal lives and relationships through the promotion and teaching of Choice Theory psychology and its areas of application.

Reality Therapy is the counselling approach based on Choice Theory psychology.

Choice Theory psychology offers a whole new perspective on life:

Quotes from Glasser

There is no happiness drug, legal or illegal, that brings people closer together.

— William Glasser, Warning: Psychiatry can be hazardous to your Mental Health, 2003, 59