Glasser & PCT

Ed Ford (941031)

Brian Hartman questins:

Is Glasser's theory a spinoff of PCT, or is this his own theory?

Glasser first attempted to learn PCT from Bill Powers and wrote his original
book on the subject "Stations of the Mind" based on what he knew at the
time. Glasser now teaches what he calls Control Theory, but in my view it
is very much the same as cognitive theory. Glasser still talks about
controlling behavior. PCT talks about controlling perception, or input.
Glasser never has gotten this, which is evident both in his writings and in
what he says. This is a very critical difference.

How does Glasser's Control theory differ from PCT?

See above. Also, Glasser talks about needs. He himself in various
workshops has admitted the concept of needs is his idea and not based on
hard research. I personally believe we create our own goals and form the
various criteria that go into making those goals relevant to us. te For
Reality Therapy have no idea what PCT is all about, with the exception of
those who have also joined the CSG. His diagrams and writings have no
relation to the complex concept of PCT. For example, he perceives
reorganization as a disturbance, and it isn't. Feelings as behaviors and
they aren't.

Would anyone have any introductory papers, dissertations, or books to


I've contacted Dag Forssell who occasionally sends up on the net an entire
summary of PCT plus available literature and video tapes. I've written
several books on PCT, including Freedom From Stress and my latest, the
result of much work in two inner city schools, entitled Discipline For Home
And School. My background includes 13 years as a faculty and certifying
member of the Institute For Reality Therapy.

Ed Ford, 10209 N. 56th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85253 Ph.602 991-4860