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Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward Paperback – April 24, 2007
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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.
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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I'm not sure I had a lot of "Aha!" moments reading this book, probably because the contents are so logical they almost seem predictable. Still definitely found the information very usable in understanding, assessing and planning behavioral change.
Marie-Josee Shaar, Author of Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person's Guide to Optimal Health and Performance
I had read another book about habits that was interesting because it explained how the brain works, but it was short on the "how to." This book provides that.
I would caution that the book is not that "deep" and is more for people who are having a fairly minor problem kicking a "habit" as opposed to somebody who's got more emotional baggage going on. For example, the book uses an example of someone who wants to stop drinking out in bars with his friends every night, but you get the impression the person wasn't an alcoholic with a "drinking problem," or at least not yet. Similarly, the book would be good for someone who wanted to drop that 25 extra pounds but not so good for someone who's 100 pounds overweight and a compulsive overeater.
Although I think this is a basically good book, it suffers from a common flaw of self-help books: it's got a lot of padding to make it book-length. Really, the research and all else that needed to be said could have been covered in far fewer pages. At some point the book becomes very tedious because it's just repeating the same stuff over and over with different examples. That's why I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5: it's useful, but not all that interesting to read past a point. The authors also have a quiz to see where a person is in the "change" process that isn't very helpful in determining where you actually are. I took it and the score had me a couple of stages back while I was actually in the process of eating healthy and losing weight.