William Glasser, Author of “Reality Therapy” and “Choice Theory”, Dies at 88

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William Glasser (May 11, 1925 – August 23, 2013) wrote in his 1988 classic “Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom” that “We choose everything we do, including the misery we feel.” He challenged readers to fundamentally change their view of reality to one of “love, friendship, negotiation and trust” in 1965’s “Reality Therapy.” And, in 1969’s “Schools Without Failure“, he urged that schools should abandon coercive methods such as class rank and grading. Article → Of further interest: Corning by the Book: Utopian or Orwellian? (New York Times)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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