Counseling with Choice Theory: The New Reality Therapy (2000)
by William Glasser, M.D.

Pub. Date: January 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 243
Price: $20.00

(This is the re-titled paperback edition of Reality Therapy in Action).

"… it is what you choose to do in a relationship, not what others choose to do, that is the heart of reality therapy.

In the movie As Good as it Gets, the lead character, Melvin Udall, portrayed by Jack Nicolson, is a textbook illustration of what is known as the mental illness obsessive-compulsive disorder, over which he has no control.

But, following choice theory, I do not believe that Melvin is suffering from a mental illness or that he has no control over what he is doing. I believe he is choosing to obsess and compulse to deal with what is so obvious from the beginning of the film: He has no satisfying close relationships. To have any chance to lead a rewarding life, he, like all of us, needs at least one satisfying relationship.

When we fail in the effort to connect with other people, as Melvin surely has, we suffer because the need to do so is as much built into our genes as the need to survive." - William Glasser, M.D..