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the acceptance of responsibility and taking control of the direction of one's life; a state of maturity


the ability on the part of the client to continue with a reasonable plan to effect the desired change

Control Theory

a theory of why people act the way they do; the internal motivation to master one's own world


the role of the therapist with the client in reality therapy; a vital part of establishing a relationship with the client

Paining Behaviors

the manifestation of pain symptoms, such as depression, to refocus the problem on the symptoms instead of the behavior

Perceived World

one's subjective world

Picture Album

the perceived reality of the client, formulated to meet his or her psychological needs

Positive Addiction

the acts performed to gain psychological strength, such as physical activity and meditation


the dependable manner in which we satisfy our needs without interfering with the rights of others

Success Identify

the level of self-esteem needed ot carry out hte actions deemed necessary for attaining a more satisfying life experience. The end result of attaining a success identity is that the individual is able to give and receive love, has a sense of self-worth, and possesses the strength to create a satisfying life

Total Behavior

the sum of all our activities that forms our personality and the person we have become

Value Judgment

the evaluation of current behaviors to determine their value

WDEP Model

the abbreviation for hte components of reality therapy; the identification of wants, the direction of behavior, the evaluation of self, and the plan for change

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