Summary of Transitions

Making Sense of Life's Changes

Da Capo Press,
First Edition: 1980 more...

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Transitions book summary
“No pain, no gain” applies to coping with life’s major turning points, not just to body building.


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In 1970, William Bridges, an English professor, was experiencing a difficult time in his life. A scholar, he decided to learn all that he could about the psychology of transition. Eventually, he taught a course in it; then he developed his ideas into a book, which quickly became the definitive source on the topic. Psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals recognized it as a breakthrough self-help text. With insights, information and concepts that you’ll be able to apply to everyday life, Bridges leads you through an often angst-ridden process. With his advice, you’ll identify and understand your personal development timeline and learn to use change to your advantage. Transitions, ultimately, result in achieving real growth, both spiritually and psychologically. getAbstract recommends this classic book to people anticipating or in the midst of professional or personal turning points.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How transitions differ from changes
  • How ancient societies handled transitions
  • Why you should go through transitions in stages
  • Which three components characterize every stage of a transition
  • How to make transitions less painful


Changes and Transitions
Ancient societies intuitively recognized and honored major life milestones, such as the all-important move from childhood to adulthood. Today’s traditional societies, similar to the ancient ones, often mark the process of maturation with what Dutch anthropologist...
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About the Author

William Bridges is a lecturer, consultant and author of several books on life transitions.

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