Category Archives: Relationships

Go Sell “Crazy” Somewhere Else

Go Sell “Crazy” Somewhere Else by Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC One of the major road blocks facing the improvement of “Mental Health” is the medical/psychiatric community, the media, and the general public’s misunderstanding of just what IS mental health.  When I ask my group members or non-Choice Theory based audiences to come up with words …

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MADMAN vs HAPPYMAN

MADMAN VS HAPPYMAN By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC What would you say is the opposite of the word, “Madman?”  Happyman?  The word Madman was used in the reporting in yet another mass shooting spree . . . this one by 22 year old Elliot Rodger.  Ironically, the use of the word “Madman” is as close …

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Another Shooting At Ft. Hood

By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC “What we have been doing in psychiatry for the last hundred years has been half-baked.” William Glasser, MD Dr. G.L. Harrington, a mentor of Dr. Glasser, has stated, “If all the professionals in our field suddenly disappeared, the world would hardly note their absence.”  His reference being that if there …

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It’s Not as Bad as Alcohol

NOT AS BAD AS ALCOHOL By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC  When I continually hear others say, “Marijuana is no worse than alcohol” or “not as bad as alcohol,” what I am hearing is, “Marijuana is bad but no more than alcohol is bad so it must be okay.”  Based upon this rationale, one might also …

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Disconnection, Detachment, & Lost Joiners

My good friend, Dr. Ken Larsen, has started an interesting discussion on the William Glasser International Linked-in discussion group.   He points out that these mass murder offenders are not just loners, but they are “failed joiners.”   He correctly relates it to what Dr. Glasser calls “detachment” when one has failed to connect with others.  It …

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LOOKING IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

  What was that old definition of insanity? . . . Repeating the same thing over and over while expecting different results? It would appear that the psychiatric delivery system of psychiatrists and psychologists, therapists, and counselors have been doing this for the last 115 years. They continue to seek the answers to aberrant behavior …

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Congressional Divorce

Congressional Divorce The word “dysfunctional” has been used, misused, and overused for what seems to have been more than half a century.   We hear it used mostly in reference to individuals indicating mental illness, maladaptive family systems, relationships, and conflict between groups or individuals.  Defined by the dictionary, dysfunction reads: Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially …

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7 More Deadly Habits

   Seven More Deadly Habits   Most of you who read my blogs and articles are familiar with Dr. Glasser’s Seven Deadly Habits of External Control.  For those of you who are not familiar with them, the Deadly Habits are the behaviors that the majority of the world’s population relies on as a means to control …

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Shame & Guilt: The Happiness Destroyer

  SHAME & GUILT:  THE HAPPINESS DESTROYER   Occasionally I ask the members in my group therapy sessions: “How many of you have some things in your past that you would not like anyone else to know?  Usually, the entire group will raise their hands.   Without probing into each group member’s past, I go on …

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Compulsion, Obsession, Addiction or All the Above?

Are repeated behaviors an addiction?   It would appear that it all depends upon what society and the experts consider addiction to be.  If the behavior is seen as one who repeatedly flips light switches, or washing hands several times, hoarding, or unlocking and locking a door several times, avoiding cracks in sidewalks as in the …

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