Leon Lojk, Bosiljka Boba Lojk
Reality Therapy: Theory & Practice
Besides Scientific Argument of Reality Therapy, written by Leon Lojk that is printed along with the translation of Glasser’s book Reality Therapy in Action into Slovene and Croatian, reality therapy has never actually been presented in a broader theoretical context. In addition to deepening understanding of overall behaviour or understanding of the organism as an operationally closed, self-regulating system, understanding of personality, the relationship between the individual and their environment, understanding the concept of relationships in light of choice theory, the beliefs about human behaviour that underlie our actions and understanding mental health, Theory and the Practice of Reality Therapy by Leon and Boba Lojk presents reality therapy in relation to other psychotherapeutic approaches through some similarities and differences between them. Group reality therapy was presented in a similar way.
With regard to the reality therapy theory of practice, so far only structured (procedural) reality therapy has been available in literature. Glasser called it the old reality therapy and advocated therapy using choice theory, which he called the new reality therapy. This is the authentic approach of the therapist, who himself lives in accordance with choice theory beliefs, which requires profound changes in the understanding of human behaviour. Until now, it has not been possible to find a description in literature of how the process of new reality therapy flows, except the author’s practical presentation of working with clients. Since we were the first to begin practicing new reality therapy in our part of the world, these pages present for the first time the new reality therapy theory of practice through formulation, the relationship between therapist and client, and the theory of change in reality therapy. How reality therapy looks in practice is evident from practical examples of working with clients. The offered reading is certainly welcome to participants in reality therapy training, and to reality therapists, practitioners and those who want to learn more about this approach.