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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038072572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380725724
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From deep within the ore, great changes must be made to reveal the hidden diamond. Similar hard work is just as essential in changing human behavior, especially addictive behavior, according to the authors. Changing for Good distinguishes itself from the many other self-help materials available by espousing a sound therapeutic approach based on the authors' years of professional work with people in all sorts of damaging behavioral patterns, including smoking, overeating, alcohol abuse, and toxic relationships. The six steps to change, the social processes one must understand while changing, and the criteria used to measure success will prove useful to all self-helpers. Reader David Brand presents the text clearly and succinctly. A sure choice for all popular psychology collections.
Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James O. Prochaska, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cancer Prevention Research center at the University of Rhode Island.

John C. Norcross, Ph.D., is Professor and former Chair of Psychology at the University of Scranton.

Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Their model for self-change has attracted attention worldwide and has been applied in programs sponsored by such organizations as the national cancer Institute and the National Institute of Drug Abuse.


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Customer Reviews

Well written and easy to read.
R Briggs
This book has helped them understand the importance of small steps in the process of making change.
Jeffrey D. Murrah
Excellent book describing the scientifically evidenced stages of change.
Richard A. Singer Jr.

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242 of 243 people found the following review helpful By Henry on July 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Unlike most self-help books out there, this one is actually based on research for a change. Based on this Phd's work on how people change, this guy has uncovered the different, predictable stages of change that people go through when they attempt to get themselves to change. Although the stages are fairly predictable, not everybody goes through them in the exact same order as some people skip various stages on their way to changing their behaviour. A great book all-in-all, it's definitely worth a look. Also liked The Sixty-Second Motivator.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2000
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Excellent advice. Helped me break a 20+ year habit of bulimia, for which I had tried countless remedies. The most important things I learned were how to identify some of the self-generated "myths" I was unconsciously buying into....such as "someday it will be easier." His emphasis on exercise has turned out to be another key to success. And Prochaska's book helped me organize former failed attempts into a way of learning from my mistakes. GREAT BOOK! Thanks, Mr. Prochaska!

UPDATED REVIEW: It has now been quite a number of years since I quit a horrid 30-year bulimia habit using this book. I now occasionally also attend Smart Recovery meetings, where I discovered that Dr. Prochaska's book is summarized in their handbook. As a matter of fact, to me, Dr Prochaska's tips are the HEART of what Smart Recovery is all about. I continue to be exceedingly grateful to Dr. Prochaska for this book which I think saved my life. I am also glad to have found Smart Recovery to connect with people who are building and re-building their lives around more positive ways of thinking.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1998
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This book is both revolutionary and profoundly familiar. Change happens not all at once, but in progressive stages, and there are unique tasks that must be accomplished for each stage. It's like gardening--starts with tilling the soil, adding compost, laying out the beds, planting, etc. It would be absurd to simply arrive at the untilled garden patch and shout, "I want tomatoes!" It is also a mistake to try to change oneself before the preliminary work is done. The book is particularly useful in talking about the earliest stages, which the authors call the Precontemplative ("I don't have a problem") and Contemplative ("Ok, maybe I have a problem, but there's nothing I can do about it") stages. One of the clearest and most practical books I have read, for either therapists and self-changers.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Jones on February 3, 2001
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As a motivational speaker and trainer, I have read countless books on change, and this is my number one show at my seminars. Prochaska gives a clear, concise, easy to understand map to changing even the most difficult behaviors. What makes this book different from the rest is that it is heavily research and theory based -- Prochaska's own work -- without getting heavily bogged down for the lay reader. Fabulous analogies and metaphors, with special emphasis on the power of social support. I thank him for sharing his research and findings with us so that we can all benefit from it!!
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ham on February 1, 2000
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This book offers a structure for understanding the process of voluntary self-change. With it, you have much more understanding of where you are and what you need to do next, and you have a much better chance of success. The highest possible recommendation.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John on September 27, 2005
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The major difference between this book and almost all self-help books is, this one is based on hard science, and based on studying how real people (thousands of them) changed on their own, quit smoking, got motivated, etc. Thus, the method is proven and is based on what really happened. The main point of the book is also that there is no "magic bullet", what works for one person might not work for all, and you might have to try differnt things, or try again after it fails the first time. If you look at how people stopped smoking, there are many paths to the goal, so not everyone will take the same path. But certain commonalities emerge (for example: countering, which means, you say to yourself things like "I can relax without a cigarette"). This book is thus not some author's personal view on what he or she thinks works, it is an after-the-fact look at what actually did work, for thousands.
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122 of 138 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
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This easily explains why some people can stop behaviors, while others cannot. I have worked with criminal offenders for over 10 years and have begun incorportating the step by step techniques described in this book to all of our programming for offenders. It also helped me to begin something that I have wanted to do, but always found excuses to avoid. The book is simple to read, with personal stories to illustrate each point. Whether you would like to quit smoking, drinking, or want to start an excercise program, you must read this book. Understanding the change process will help you move to a point where doing "something different" becomes possible.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Ogilvie on January 16, 2004
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Being a "rationalizer and Intellectualizer" par excellance, this book gave me the insight I needed to see where I was "stuck" and why the conventional menthods of programs like "AA" just do not work for me. Splendid advice for anyone looking (seriously) to move forward in their attempts to change behaviors which no longer serve them.
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