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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (May 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572305053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572305052
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Psychologists C'de Baca and Miller (both Univ. of New Mexico) define "quantum change" as a kind of sudden "personal metamorphosis." People who experience it, they believe, are sources of untapped potential for universal human healing. Collected here are dozens of "before and after" tales that the authors derived from interviews, letters, and telephone calls. These tales reflect two types of quantum change sudden insights and epiphanies as well as their characteristics. The authors successfully assert that as a person is guided to a new place of authentic truth within himself or herself, peacefulness and inner strength ensue, and a positive shift in core values results. Unfortunately, the authors do not effectively address the other side that is, quantum changes that bring negative outcomes for the examples they give do not exhibit most of the characteristics of quantum change. Still, this work is valuable because it teaches ordinary people not to fear sudden spiritual encounters. For large psychology collections in public libraries. Lisa Liquori, Syracuse, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Bill Miller and Janet C'de Baca have written a wonderful book. Not since William James's Varieties of Religious Experience has there been such a psychologically penetrating book on spiritual experience." --George E. Vaillant, MD, Harvard Medical School

"Although many people spend years struggling to fix personal problems, some people undergo sudden, dramatic, and nearly instantaneous change. This book tells their stories and identifies the core features of these transformational changes. The idea of quantum change is arguably among the most exciting in psychology, since it challenges both common sense and clinical lore. This book will appeal to anyone interested in psychological change, transformation, or the human condition. In other words, this book is for everyone." --Todd F. Heatherton, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

"Reading Quantum Change is a mystical experience of its own. This is an exceptionally well written book that I found inspirational, enlightening, and a 'must read.' After reading this book, don't be surprised if you think about change in a new way." --Monty Roberts, author of the New York Times best seller, The Man Who Listens to Horses

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Li N. on December 30, 2007
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This isn't a book which will guide you step-by-step to achieving an epiphany or mystical experience all your own, which some may find disappointing. But then, such intense insights only seem to come when we link into the great vastness of the One (by whatever Name you want to call it) ... and there is no guide book that can lead us directly to the spot where that will happen because it's personal for each person. This randomness has led to these transformations being mostly dismissed by the Western World as either delusions (science) or presumption (religion), so it's a nice (quantum!) change to see a straightforward discussion on the topic. The most any guide can do is help us achieve a position where we're open to the experience, and that is the true benefit of this book. The examples in Quantum Change help you see that the potential of a link does exist, and that others have found their way to it. Opening yourself up to that possibility can be a changing point for you, too!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2001
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Everyone should read this book...everyone who has ever wondered
about life,God, psychology,sociology,religion,atheism, what is different or what is the same among people. Maslow said that few people achieve lasting peak experiences and that those peak exeriences occur over a long period of time. These authors, PhDs in the Psych field, have studied dozens of people who have had sudden, unexpected, lasting changes in their lives as well as their worldview. The individual stories are stunning. But the best thing is that the researchers have used the scientific method to quantify these experiences and to put names on common components of these Quantum Changes which differ from the usual Maslow stuff. Are these people evolving into something higher? If so, why these ordinary people? Very thought provoking. Awesome!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Holloway on December 27, 2003
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Quantum Change is a good read and a good one for me to read. Both humbling and inspiring at the same time. And I appreciated its (empirical) message, spoken via Western science: TRANSFORMATION LIVES! Insightful and mystical types of change in otherwise ordinary people. Some had transformations on nothing more than "please, God, if you exist, show me now." Obviously, quantum change may be totally at the effect of Grace and not a particular practice. On the other hand, knowing it exists may facilitate it. In any case the accounts were fascinating. Transformation by insight was easier to identify with than the mystical change, when transformees may have given little or no thought to such possibilities. But they all exemplify what really matters: To a person all had less fear, if any, in the aftermath, often replaced by compassionate service.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard Bedrosian on March 18, 2005
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This book looks at life-changing experiences from a scholarly, psychologically-minded perspective. The stories were inspiring and uplifting, but also realistic and believable. The people depicted had experiences that changed them forever, but they remained human, with faults and limitations like the rest of us. As a clinical psychologist with nearly 30 years of experience doing psychotherapy, I found this volume to be thought-provoking and insightful, and filled with good news about we human beings!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 8, 2001
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Sudden insights can transform lives: the psychologist authors were longtime scholars and teachers of self-improvement when they noticed life-changing realizations among their clients. An ad requesting similar experiences from others resulted in a flood of stories of unexpected transformation, and Quantum Change blends psychology with spiritual insights in considering these changes.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Clark on July 15, 2005
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Quantum change happened to me last summer. I kept silent about it for so long. My expereince was not identical to any of those depicted in the book, but there were enough similarities, to give validation that I was not crazy, demon-possessed, or just weird. It took months after my experience for me to find this book, and then finding it was another one of many coincidences that came with my experience. I could not find anything on the web. I'm not sure that this book is useful for motivational purposes or for those undergoing normal life-changes. Quantum change does not happen to everyone. It is an incredible and unexpected gift from God. I am so thankful to Dr. Miller and his colleagues for writing this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trudie Barreras VINE VOICE on March 2, 2015
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About a year and a half ago, I was asked by author Cynthia Larson to read and review her book titled “Quantum Jumps”, which I did (Amazon, November 10, 2013). The basic premise of this earlier “Quantum” study by Miller and C’ de Baca is that the sort of unprecedented and unexpected experience which often leads to a radical shift in the consciousness and therefore in the behavior of certain individuals also parallels the unpredictable behavior of subatomic particles.

“Quantum Change”, written in 2001, may or may not have influenced Larson in her 2013 discussion. As it happens, I passed “Quantum Jumps” on to a friend in Atlanta, where it remains, so I have no immediate access to check on references or acknowledgements in that book. However, in another example of the type of synchronicity which Larson describes so vividly, very shortly after my move here, I heard a mention of “Quantum Change” that so intrigued me, I felt I had to read it. It is thoroughly rewarding.

The authors detail numerous case studies describing two particular types of experience that fit their category of “quantum change” – an experience that is “vivid, surprising, benevolent, and (producing) enduring personal transformation”. These are “Insightful” and “Mystical”. They also make an important point that not all enduring change is “quantum”, especially in the “insightful” category; just because it doesn’t happen in a sudden burst does not negate the importance of insight. Likewise, not all “mystical” experiences produce the sort of major transformation of life direction they are describing.
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Dr. William R. Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. Fundamentally interested in the psychology of change, he has focused in particular on the development, testing, and dissemination of behavioral treatments for addictions. He maintains an active interest in pastoral counseling and the integration of spirituality and psychology. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him as one of the world's most cited scientists.

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