- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451657617
- ISBN-13: 978-1451657616
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions Hardcover – December 25, 2012
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"Norcross is the Billy Beane of personal-change gurus, using reams of psychological studies the way a sabermetrician uses baseball statistics. He'll be the first to tell you that this scientific approach beats magical thinking." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Dr. Norcross has revolutionized the psychology of change and now offers a remarkable five step program for more than 50 common complaints that plague many of us. You can learn to change your life today." (Mehmet Oz, MD Professor and Vice-chair of Surgery, New York Presbyterian Columbia)
"Change isn't easy but if there's anyone out there who can convert skeptics to believers, it's Norcross." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“Changing a habit involves two things: knowing how to change and knowing what to change. This book, by a true master scientist of change, is the best book I know about the steps YOU can take to make and to sustain the changes YOU want to make.” (Mike Roizen, M.D. co-author of the bestselling YOU series)
"Stop smoking. Slim down. Exit that awful relationship. Not easy. A board-certified psychologist and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, the author of more than 300 publications and the coauthor or editor of 22 professional books, Norcross has spent his career researching how people change their behavior and is here to tell you. He’s got a 90-day plan, backed by a free interactive website and entailing five steps. Hope springs eternal." (Library Journal)
“Finally, a self-help book based on solid scientific evidence by psychology’s smartest myth-buster. The science of change has finally arrived, and the you who starts this book won’t be the you who finishes it.” (Daniel Gilbert Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness)
“Changeology is a powerful tool for those seeking the happiness lasting change can bring. Science tells us that if you can change your behavior, you can increase your happiness. This simple, research-based plan will show you how to begin a new life free of old, bad habits and full of inner peace and well-being.” (Marci Shimoff author of Happy for No Reason)
"I have rarely read one [self-help book] that I truly felt could bring real, meaningful change into a person’s life. But despite my wariness of the self-help genre, I found John C. Norcross’s Changeology to be one such book . . . for most of the kinds of change that people are already trying to make, Changeology will prove to be a wonderful source of assistance. It has an easy-to-follow formula based on credible research—and even this wary mental health practitioner found it helpful." (Joseph Maldonado, MS, for PsychCentral.com)
About the Author
John C. Norcross, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical College, and a board-certified clinical psychologist in part time practice. He has authored more than 300 publications and edited or co-written twenty-two professional books.
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This book is what I would call THE seminal book on the subject, culminating from his 30 years of scientific study of change.
A+ Content - It covers the whole subject plus each part is absolutely valid!
A+ Practicality - All pieces meet scientific tests for validity and are totally implementable (i.e. "Practical")
A+ Organization - It goes through all the pieces in a very practical order.
A+ Estimated effectiveness - Should raise ability to change to a 90+% probability.
He explains each part of the process, carrying you all the way through each step of the way, with in-depth examples so that you really, really understand the nuances and what is important. It includes self assessments, to see how you are doing on the way to completing the resolutions and changes you perhaps were never able to do before.
He explodes the myths and the excuses for not succeeding in changing. He explains what went wrong and the mistakes that most people make in their change process - one key one being that they do not develop their "change skills".
And he explains the whys of the necessity to follow the rules and logic of this process.
On the site for the book, he provides forms to use during the 90 days it actually takes to form a new habit that will last. I link to his videos from my site so you can see what the book is about.
If I were your Professor Of Life, this would be required reading, as a major life changer. The best I've seen.
I recommend it to people who desire change. Just commit and follow the instructions.
A worthwhile resource for any person seeking personal growth.
SEEKsafely.org website dedicated to REAL, helpful self-help resources.
He manages to translate this research into very specific steps within 5 major phases: contemplating change, planning for change, taking action, persevering through managing slips, and persisting over the long haul.
The book is written in a style that is clear, user-friendly, and entertaining, recounting real-life adventures in change and sprinkling in relevant allusions ranging from classic to pop (e.g., Cerebus; Ghidora, the Three-Headed Monster; Hagrid's dog Fluffy from the Harry Potter series).
Dr. Norcross shares his personal experiences in change such as his efforts to sleep 8 hours each night, exercise, maintain a healthy diet, floss, drink plenty of water, work 54 or fewer hours a week, and have his first colonoscopy.
Here, for example, is a passage from page 104: "I once remained in Prep for several years with regard to my weight. As my work schedule became more hectic and I enjoyed the fruits (and calories) of my labors, the poundage rose to the occasion. Of course, as a psychologist, I knew only too well the perils of obesity. But emotionally and behaviorally I was not ready to change."
And a passage from page 202: "And me? Well, the progress on my own changes will bring us back to mundane reality -- more like a television reality show than a fairy-tale movie. I'm grateful for more than my fair share of termination behaviors, such as flossing, exercising, and even undergoing that damn colonoscopy. But I struggle to persist on my weight control and overworking, and please, please don't even ask me about my daily consumption of caffeinated diet sodas."
The book also provides two useful appendices: "Recommended Self-Help Resources" and "Selecting the Right Psychotherapist for You."
I believe that this book will be of great interest and use to therapists, clients, and anyone who wants to make changes.