Using Questions to Guide Behavior

William Glasser designed reality therapy as a questioning technique to assist children in evaluating behaviors and in planning more effective ways to get needs (and wants) met. Types of questions to ask for in depth consideration are included below.

  • What are you doing?

  • Is it working? Are you moving toward or away from what you want?
  • Do you have a good chance of getting what you want with your current behavior?
  • What else can you do?
  • Can you make a new plan?

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Glasser suggests telling students that they take control of their lives by making good choices. Reality therapy eliminates punishment and focuses, from beginning to end, on solutions toward getting real needs met. Glasser encourages self-evaluation and tells both students and teachers, A different choice is always available. You are choosing this behavior.