I often refer to William Glasser’s work when helping families with teenagers. He was a member of The North American Association of Adlerian Psychology ( NASAP) but also had his own brand called Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. He passed away last year, but he leaves a legacy of work from which we can benefit. During my recent trip to the Florida Adlerian Society conference, I had an opportunity to attend a full day workshop with Geri Carter and her team. She shared this adapted resource from Glasser’s work that I think you would appreciate. Why not post it on your fridge as a reminder?
4 Pillars of Mental Health:
- We can’t change another person.
- We can only change ourself.
- Everything is a choice (and that choice has consequences).
- Choices connect or disconnect us from others.
As we move through our day, find examples where we trip up trying to control other’s behaviours, other’s choices, and how we gain closeness or distance based on the behavioural choices we make for ourselves in our parenting.