Realistic Empowerment

Realistic Empowerment is a psychological state/orientation whereby the individual feels capable of change (empowered) and where they adopt a realistic attitude on how that change needs to occur.

Related Terms

Human Development > Active Need Fulfillment, Attachments, Bodily Ego, Defence Mechanisms, Deficit Mode, Disconnection, Externally Directed ARMs, Growth Mode, Healthy Socialization, Internally Directed Arms, Realistic Empowerment, Seven Essential Needs, Toxic Socialization


The concept introduced in LPWBKII in the context of meeting the Seven Essential Needs. In order to be successful at making changes in one's life, one must be realistic about what needs to be done and how to do it.

Realistic means taking into account domestic, social, environmental, political, and economic limitations.

A goal of therapy is the establishment of a state of realistic empowerment in the client.