Five Basic Needs

William Glasser, the founder of reality therapy, believes that people are motivated to fulfill five basic needs: belonging, power, freedom, fun, and survival. When these needs are not met, problems begin. Individuals lose touch with the objective reality of life (what is appropriate behaviour and what is not) and often stray into patterns of behaviour that are self-defeating or destructive. The reality therapist attempts to help such people by teaching them more appropriate patterns of behaviour. This, in turn, will enable individuals to meet their basic needs more effectively.

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