For Parents and Teenagers: Dissolving the Barrier Between You and Your Teen

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Harper Collins, May 6, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 208 pages
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The author of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy offers a powerful approach for helping troubled teens.

In his decades as a therapist, Dr William Glasser has often counselled parents and teenagers. His advice has healed shattered families and changed lives. Now in his first book on the lessons he has learned, he asks parents to reject the 'common sense' that tells them to 'lay down the law', ground teens, or try to coerce them into changing behaviour. These strategies have never worked, asserts Dr Glasser, and never will. Instead he offers a different approach based upon Choice Theory. Glasser spells out the seven deadly habits parents practiSe and then shows them how to accomplish their goals by changing their own behaviour. Above all, he helps parents keep their relationship with their child strong. Dr Glasser provides a groundbreaking method that any parent can use with confidence and love.


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User Review  - csweder - LibraryThing

Glassers books are meant to be able to be read by anyone, not just counselors and counseling students. This makes them easier to read, however at times, also pretty repetitive of previous books (I ... Read full review

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User Review  - arielfl - LibraryThing

William Glasser created a kind of therapy called Choice Theory which as far as I understand it to be means you no longer argue with your teenager or anyone really, you give them a choice. All ... Read full review


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Page 86 - If she's unable to satisfy her need for love and belonging, she turns to the two needs, power and freedom, that may seem easier to satisfy but which will further disconnect her if she succeeds in satisfying them. She uses all that violent language for gaining both power and freedom. If she can't find a way to get connected again, she'll stay the same or get worse.
Page 42 - Oh, I don't know. Probably drinking himself to death with the Italians on the other side of the canal. He can't be much of a singer any more. Anyway, it was enough to take care of him for the rest of his life. ... I suppose the old lady had always loved his voice.
Page 191 - Therapy* is the research arm of the Institute and serves as a vehicle through which its members can publish their works on new ways of using and teaching reality therapy. As mentioned, the basic purpose of the William Glasser Institute is to provide training for professionals who want to use my ideas in their work with others. There are five parts to...
Page 19 - The only way we can satisfy our needs for both love and power is to gain the respect, trust, and love of the people in our lives. If we try to control them, we may maintain their love but we will never gain their respect or trust. When we are respected, trusted, and loved, we feel powerful; we neither need nor want anyone to fear us.
Page 49 - CD was a particular friend of mine. ... We all went to CD's office and discussed the idea with him. ... I remember he sat there and listened to the whole thing, then he turned to me and said: 'What do you think?
Page 179 - Makarovitch ; you don't know what to do, and I don't know what to do.
Page 57 - She nags him from the time he gets up till the time he goes to bed.
Page 92 - To get that feeling, there is no price that addicts are unwilling to pay. They are willing to harm themselves by staying with their addiction for the chance to gain a sense of power that goes beyond admiration and respect.
Page 14 - There is nothing intangible about any of them; they are clear and explicit. Exhibiting them in any relationship will damage that relationship. If you keep doing so, the relationship will be destroyed.
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William Glasser, M.D., is a world-renowned psychiatrist who lectures widely. His numerous books have sold 1.7 million copies, and he has trained thousands of counselors in his Choice Theory and Reality Therapy approaches. He is also the president of the William Glasser Institute in Los Angeles.

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