Changing for Good

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How many times have you thought about starting a diet or quitting smoking without doing anything about it? Or lapsed back into bad habits after hitting a rough spot on the road to recovery? To uncover the secret to successful personal change, three acclaimed psychologists studied more than 1,000 people who were able to positively and permanently alter their lives without psychotherapy. They discovered that change does not depend on luck or willpower. It is a process that can be successfully managed by anyone who ...

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Patricia K

Dec 16, 2011

Very good book

Book is in great shape, provides me with the information I need and I am enjoying reading it.

pauljr

Apr 2, 2009

excellent summary of stages of recovery

This book is an excellent summary of the stages of recovery, making this information accessible to pretty much everyone. An easier way to grasp the ideas presented in the related "Addiction and Change". Highly recommended!

lebrown

Jul 5, 2007

Science of change

This is a wonderful book about the nature of change. Its conclusions about change are based on the reports of 200 people who successfully kicked nicotine dependence on their own. Therefore, this book is not a theory of change but a description of how people successfully change a problem behavior. (Imagine time lapse photography, where a film maker films a cigarette smoker from his or her first thoughts of giving up nicotine, through the early days of quitting, all the way to a year or more of abstinence from nicotine!) The book highlights and appreciates the normal ambivalence one feels in the face of an important life change. Whether giving up alcohol or leaving a bad marriage, one follows a predictable path to change. One starts out in the "I don't have a problem" stage (Pre-contemplation) to the "maybe it's a problem" stage (Contemplation) all the way through to "thank god that is finally over" stage (Termination). Changing for Good offer practical tips on how to negotiate each of the six stages of change to "speed up" the change process. The book is most practical when read philosophically. As one understands how change occurs, one is free to address any aspect of life that one wants to change. Changing for Good is the ultimate self-help book because it breaks the mold of the genre.

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