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Reality Therapy 1
By Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist)
Published December 2, 2010

Reality Therapy 1

Hello world, I trust you all shared a blessed Thanks-Giving with those who mean the most to you. Unfortunately I had to work yet I am thankful that I have a job. What I hope to accomplish with this article is helping you the reader develop a true awareness of personal responsibility and its association to self-development in regards to the present, as oppose to the past.

The way this can be achieved is by identifying the following needs within you: survival, freedom, belonging, power, and fun. Each of the needs is just as important as the next. For example: survival from the perspective of present day reality relates to ones ability to provide for themselves and or family. Are you currently employed in a profession that you do not get pleasure from? If so, would it affect your survival if you just quit? For most of us, of course it would. So the realistic route is to endure the job and put yourself in a position to transition into a profession that could bring you pleasure.

I know it sounds easier said then done; yet being optimistic is the key to success. The reality of freedom is accepting you and allowing yourself to be accepting of others. Freedom can only exist when you as an individual free negative thoughts and behaviors associated with judgment. Again, it sounds easy yet freeing yourself from prejudice opens ones ability to be free from selfish restraints.

The next step to reality therapy is belonging. Human nature leads everyone to have a sense of belonging, also in conjunction with a since of identity. The aspect of belonging can dictate ones behaviors, personality and characteristics. This portion of reality therapy can offer great leaps in the development your relationships. The other two components of reality therapy are power and fun. The position of power is simple to explain. The most common definition of power is one possessing influence and control. It is important that you associate these statements as positive influence and positive control. The last element to reality therapy is fun.

It doesn’t appear realistic for most people to dwell within the mindset of enjoyment and incorporate that in to all areas of their life. Yet these are the elements of reality therapy so please recognize them. I have learned through my studies in psychology that these five essentials; survival, freedom, belonging, power, and fun are not held simultaneously. Yet, if you are lacking any of the five mentioned, the answer to your personal life stress is answered there, directly.

If you want to develop true awareness of personal responsibility, the answers are bolding presented in the five essentials discussed in this article. So ask yourself, are you ready for reality? And if your answer is, “yes”, then use reality therapy and you will have a positive future!



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