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Defining Mental Health as a Public Health Issue
by William Glasser
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Choice Theory states that all we do is behave, that almost all behavior 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 is offered to replace external control psychology. When counseling with Choice Theory, clients are taught Choice Theory so they can understand their own behavior better and the behavior of others. By introducing Connecting and Disconnecting Relationship Habits to individuals and families, Choice Theory can become a way of life by choosing behavior that supports rather than damages relationships.