"Choices," Lesson 8, Freedom Need Emotional Indicators, Teacher Manual

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Our lives consist of a series of choices. The life we live depends on choices we make. At any given moment, we are the product of all the choices we have made up to that point. Freedom is the capacity to make choices that satisfactorily meet our needs. We have a need for freedom, and we meet our freedom need when make a choice from available options to meet a presenting need. Since we choose all our behaviors, our freedom need comes into play every time we act to meet a need.

Objectives: The students will
1. Take part in an activity that will give them the opportunity to understand freedom as a continuous mental activity of making positive/productive choices
2. Explore the kinds of feelings and thoughts that indicate they may not be meeting their freedom/choice need
3. Explore the kinds of feelings and thoughts that indicate they are meeting their freedom/choice need
4. Recognize that making a choice calls the power/control need into play and we must take care to meet it while adequately meeting our freedom need
5. Identify points at which they feel they meet and do not meet their freedom/choice need

Things to Think About:
1. To live life at its best we must make our choices without coercion or restraint.
2. We have the ability to make the best possible choice in every given moment.
3. Nothing actually forces us to make inappropriate or inadequate choices. We choose all our behaviors. At any given moment, we can make effective choices that do not create side-effect issues.
4. Freedom has to do with the continuous process of making positive and productive choices moment by moment.
5. We give up freedom when we yield to external pressures and make negative and non-productive choices.
6. We always make a choice. Even when we say, “I do not have a choice,” we will make a choice not to choose the available options.
7. We must distinguish between what we mean by choices or options and by making a choice.

Choices Principles:
1. We choose all of our behaviors.
2. We meet our freedom need when we make the most appropriate choice from our available options.
3. Freedom has to do with making the most effective choice to meet our immediate needs. Freedom has nothing to do the number of options we have.
4. We always have a choice. We can meet our freedom need in any situation.
5. All needs are interrelated. We make a choice and potentially meet our freedom need in the process of meeting any need.
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