Choice Theory Online

We are so excited; after months of work we are opening up our first Choice Theory online course: How to Deal with Stress and Anxiety Effectively

Prior to Covid 19 I had planned a range of elaborate launch options but with everything that is going on in the world, we decided to just get it out there because we truly believe that the world needs this course right now

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Our First Course: – Dealing with Stress and Anxiety Effectively


This is our first course and is a good example of how all our courses will be structured. You receive online access to a series of short videos with accompanying activities and downloads. You also have the ability to ask questions. The videos give you information and the activities help you to apply what you’ve learned to your own life situation.

If you are wondering how to deal with stress and anxiety effectively this course will answer your questions. You will learn how to: –

  • Zero in on the specific causes of stress in your life
  • Self-evaluate so that you can change the behaviours which are distressing you
  • Use stress effectively in your life moving forward
  • Make choices that align with your individual needs
  • Understand what stress is and how you are creating it
  • Engineer inner peace and resilience
  • And so much more

You can learn more about it here.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help you live your best life using Choice Theory. Choice theory really is the gift that keeps on giving. The more you learn about it the deeper you go and the more life works. People also come to Choice Theory because a specific area of their life is not working and they want an effective resource that will change that.  This is another reason we are creating our online courses. They teach Choice Theory basics, but in a way that is appropriate whether you know anything about Choice Theory or not, and the courses are directly related to specific problems or goals.

Choice Theory

Choice Theory OnlineMost people know of Choice Theory via a smattering of required learning they did during a psychology or education degree. Over the years it has had to compete for attention amongst a few other theories such as Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, all of which cross over in some ways. Choice Theory has probably not received the attention it deserves because of its apparent simplicity, but also I believe, because it hasn’t had particularly accessible platforms for delivery.

Dr William Glasser, the developer of Choice theory wrote a number of books on the topic as well as on many variables of the topic, and his idea was that people get together in groups to develop their practice of it. There is also a formal pathway of courses you can take via the network of William Glasser  Organisations around the world, but these are expensive and require days of attendance or months of study.

My Personal Experience

I didn’t come to Choice Theory via a psych or education degree. In fact until I met Jeff, I had never even heard of it. The simplicity and structure of Choice Theory intrigued me and I quickly completed the four day Basic Intensive program, followed by the Basic Practicum. With each intensive learning phase came a period of wonder and renewed understanding of myself, my needs and behaviours.

Like anything you need to stay aware and  when I needed Choice Theory the most I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. I blamed others for my own unwillingness to address issues and I didn’t pay attention to meeting my needs. The end result was catastrophic and I ended up in hospital. Fortunately I had Jeff and I knew enough Choice Theory to get back on track quickly.

Choice Theory requires us to take complete responsibility for our behaviour and until we actually try to live that, we don’t realise how  far we fall short of it. It is so much easier to look outside of ourselves for reasons why we are the way we are, and yet the closer we come to taking full responsibility the more control of our life we achieve.

The hardest part of all this for me was accepting that my thoughts are a behaviour and create my feelings and emotions. This, along with understanding that all our behaviours are an attempt to meet our needs is perhaps the core of Choice Theory

Ongoing Support

Ongoing supportGlasser wanted people to understand the concept (and reality) of internal control, that is, that we are not controlled by circumstances outside of ourselves, nor are we victims of life’s curve balls, but rather we are the architects of our thinking and our behaviour. While the world is coming to understand the importance of mastering our minds, mindfulness and mindsets, we are still bombarded with opposing messages like “he/she/it made me”, “that’s just me”, “I just lost it.”The transfer of this knowledge however, into continuous action is an ongoing process that benefits greatly for sustained input and support.

Although still in its infancy, we will grow Choice Theory Online into a resource and community that provides that sustained input and support. If you would like a taste of how to use Choice Theory to feel better over just a few days you can sign up for our free four Days to Feeling Better course, or if you would like a Choice Theory meme each day to help maintain a Choice Theory Mindset you can sign up here. We will update both of these lists about new courses as they go live.

The other way to stay in touch with us is by downloading the Needs Profile in the side bar. Understanding our needs so that we can effectively meet them is a great first step towards living our best life.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below and we would be happy to answer them. Your comments are so important because they help us to know how we can serve you better.

Deb

 

20 Comments

  1. I must say this is really nice I think it will be of help to a lot of people as it has been of help to me because the rate at which things like this are needed is on the highside because off your rates of spread of covid 19…. Through which many countries has gone on lockdown…. Through this process of isolation many many people taking over by anxiety and stress and this will be a resort for help

    1. Thanks Feji, I agree :). Covid 19 is giving everyone the opportunity to look at life through a new lens and focus on what we can control, rather than what we can’t control. This can be an exciting adventure of a very stressful process.

  2. I must say this is really nice I think it will be of help to a lot of people as it has been of help to me because the rate at which things like this are needed is on the highside because off your rates of spread of covid 19…. Through which many countries has gone on lockdown…. Through this process of isolation many many people taking over by anxiety and stress and this will be a resort for help

  3. I must say this is really nice I think it will be of help to a lot of people as it has been of help to me because the rate at which things like this are needed is on the highside because off your rates of spread of covid 19…. Through which many countries has gone on lockdown…. Through this process of isolation many many people taking over by anxiety and stress and this will be a resort for help

  4. This is the first time I hear about Choice Theory… in any case, I can easily relate to what you depict about it within your article. Something that I’ve always done in regards to some psychological axioms like the one that says: “The best prediction of future behavior is past behavior”. That kind of disclaimer reduced human beings to a mere result of our past and doesn’t give any credit to our inner power and self-awareness.

    Thanks a lot for introducing these concepts and working on the development of a theory less hopeless than anything ongoing within the world of psychology.

    Great post!

    1. “The best prediction of future behavior is past behavior”. Unfortunately that is true for a lot of people (if not most people), fortunately it doesn’t have to be the case 🙂 thanks for your comment.

  5. Personal for me, this whole pandemic is helping me to look at the world differently and so this is going to be very helpful to me but even more so, it is going to help a lot of people during this time. The choice theory is a very good one. People are really facing a lot at this time and they need something like this help deal with the stress. Nice work you are doing here.

  6. Wow! This would be a perfect time to self reflect and make a comittment to take  responsibility fo behaviours. At this time choice theory could be the perfect offer for me. To be honest, I have erred a lot in the aspect of actually looking for a way out and giving excuses for my conditions but with this, enough is enough. Thanks for sharing this post and I’d check it out right now

    1. Thanks Angela. I hope you will hope on over to courses.choicetheory.org and check out the new course.

  7. Hello, thanks for writing such an amazing article.

    Generally humans encounter stress in one area of our lives or the other. As a matter of fact, stress and anxiety are one of man’s major problem. And with what I have seen so far on this article I think choice theory online is best for solutions for everyone.

    1. Thanks Sheddy, yes it certainly has helped me to overcome stress and anxiety.

  8. Definitely everybody on the planet is getting stressed out today due to the deadly pandemic that is ravaging us…So I think this article is really needed by everyone to help them know  how to be less stressed  and to also handle various forms of anxiety.

    Stress could cause al ot of damage to our health and even lead to death when severe enough point because it could lead to heart issues.   It is Paramount that we try as much as possible to reduce stress in our daily life routine.

  9. My first time of hearing about choice theory. However your post detailed all that I need to know, regarding this theory. And it is very inspiring and interesting to read. I completely agree to previous comments about phrase that goes like “The best prediction of future behavior is past behavior”. This kind of disclaimer truely reduced human beings to a mere result of our past and doesn’t give any credit to our inner power and self-awareness. I really learnt a lot from your article. Thanks for sharing. 

    1. Thanks, I appreciate the your comment very much,

  10. Looking forward to the success of this program. I’m glad the world all over are now getting to understand the important of mastering your mind, I think once we can do that even life expectancy will improve because just think of the number of people out there that are dying of BP and Sugar Diabetes and heart failures and suicides, all just a matter of the mind not mastered in the moment when that should be done the most.

     This will definitely be a life changing item for a lot of us, choice theory to the world, I appreciate and adore the work being done here.

    1. Thanks Donny, I appreciate the comment 🙂 

  11. I agree with you that the number of people having depression and anxiety has been increasing day by day, especially after the pandemic. I firmly believe your course is essential and will help many people who have stress symptoms such as anger, irritability, restlessness, feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or confused. It is always better to sign up a course to learn how to overcome them before the situation becomes worst.

    1. Thanks Ethan 👍🏻🤗

  12. NICE!, i have not heard of choice theory before buts its a good one, this is exactly what i need to see right now and i think many people many will love to see this, and i know most people will find this very useful, during this pandemic many people are stressing not just because of the disease but also because of the economy it is really bad and it is affecting many business..Thanks for sharing

    1. Yes it is certainly a terrible time for stress and anxiety.

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