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TO: Dr. Joe Scarcella FROM: Jerry Spencer DATE: October 29, 2010 RE: 502BR, Choice Theory book report, Spencer

William Glasser Biography: Dr. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and is most closely associated with Reality Therapy, a counseling book written in 1965. The publication of Reality Therapy provided a springboard for Dr. Glasser to develop a method of psychotherapy that is now taught worldwide. Dr. Glasser, from Cleveland, Ohio began his professional career as a Chemical Engineer. The Glasser Institute website does not offer any detail as to Dr. Glasser’s transition from Chemical Engineering to Psychiatry except to note that it became apparent to him that the latter became his true interest in life. Dr. Glasser attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, took his psychiatric training at the Veterans Administration Hospital in west Los Angeles and UCLA. He maintained a private practice from 1957-1986. Glasser’s career evolved from private practice to writing and lecturing. Depending upon the source of information, including the Glasser Institute, Dr. Glasser has authored “over 20” books in multiple languages and distributed worldwide. Although he is currently retired Dr. Glasser continues a somewhat limited schedule of lectures and public appearances.

Other books by Dr. Glasser: • • • • • • • •

Eight Lessons for a Happier Marriage (2007) For Parents and Teenagers- Dissolving the Barrier Between You and Your Teen (2003) Counseling with Choice Theory: The New Reality Therapy, (2001) Fibromyalgia: Hope from a Completely New Perspective (2001) Every Student Can Succeed (2001) Getting Together and Staying Together (2000) What is this Thing Called Love; The Essential Book for the Single Woman (2000) The Quality School (1998)

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The Quality School Teacher (1998) The Language of Choice Theory (1998) The Control (Choice) Theory Manager (1994) Schools Without Failure (1969) Control Theory: A New Explanation of How We Control Our Lives Choice Theory in the Classroom (1998)

Book Report: In Choice Theory Dr. William Glassman attempts to teach us how to get along with the most important persons in our lives. Dr. Glassman theorizes a direct correlation between crime, drug addiction, mental illness, failure in school and family dysfunction with unfulfilled or disconnected personal relationships. Furthermore, Glassman states that unless one is in the grip of servile poverty or untreatable illness “we choose everything we do, including the misery we feel.” When we choose to feel depressed we have more control over those circumstances than we at first believe and the


William Glasser Biography: Other books by Dr. Glasser: Dr. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and is most closely associa...