They make up our real, everyday life. As we learn to identify these needs in our life, we can see them in others lives too. We can explore our life and see if we are meeting our needs in healthy ways or ignoring them and creating difficulties for our self or others.
We can see how the needs are connected to our attitudes and behaviors. Sounds simple and it can be, however, as you will discover, it is not always easy, or even simple, for everyone. Empathy, compassion, bully prevention, health education, character strengths and academic skills (by writing and developing critical thinking skills, debate and communication skills) can all be taught when using The 5 Needs as a foundation, format and base to build on.
THe 5 Needs can be used to teach basic life skills too for those with special needs as well as the rest of us. The 5 Needs can open doors to talk about a multitude of issues and concerns, some serious and some daily routine things too.
Dr. William Glasser taught about these needs a little differently for decades. See his work: https://wglasser.com/ I am thankful to have permission to develop my work based on his work.
Of course, results will depend on a variety of factors, some are in our control and some are not. That said, using The 5 Needs materials has proven to helpful in the classroom, camps, counseling, work with individuals and in groups too. There are no promises or guarantees, just hope.
When asked how using The 5 Needs helped or what it did for them, we heard a variety of responses:
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