Choice Theory

Strengthening New Zealand through Choice Theory psychology

What is Choice Theory?

Choice Theory is the theory which explains why and how we behave the way we do. It 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 the needs.

Choice Theory (with the Seven Caring Habits) is offered to replace external control psychology (and the Seven Deadly Habits), the present psychology of almost all the people in the world. Unfortunately, this forcing, punishing psychology is destructive to relationships.
We are driven by five genetic needs: Survival, Love and Belonging, Power, Freedom and Fun
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. Disconnectedness is the source of almost all human problems, such as what is called mental illness, drug addiction, violence, crime, school failure, spousal and child abuse, to mention a few.

Dr Glasser on Choice Theory


Recommended Reading:
Choice Theory: A New Psychology for Personal Freedom

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