Choice Theory Basics

This learning object contains a synopsis and learning activities drawn from William Glasser's Choice theory. It can assist individuals appreciate about personal responsibility for change as a component of effective collaboration.


Choice theory is an explanation of human behaviour developed by Dr William Glasser. Dr Glasser explains that all we do all our lives is behave, and is that we choose our behaviour in an attempt to meet one or more of the five basic human needs that are built into our genetic structure.

The five major components of choice theory are:

  1. The five basic human needs
  2. The quality world
  3. The perceived world
  4. The comparing place
  5. Total behaviour


The five basic human needs