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Confucius said, “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” Yet individuals struggle to change their attitudes and behaviors. Unlike most pop psychology self-help books, John C. Norcross’s manual has a strong scientific foundation. Norcross, a clinical psychologist and professor, asserts that if you apply his step-by-step technique for change, you can dramatically alter your life. While his program contains much common knowledge, it is highly applicable to a broad readership. getAbstract recommends Norcross’s approach to those who want to alter negative habits and behaviors.

About the Author

Clinical psychologist John C. Norcross is a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton and adjunct professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical College.



Do You Want to Change?

Does your behavior interfere with your life? Maybe you drink too much, smoke, overeat, suffer an addiction or can’t control your temper. Maybe you can’t maintain a successful relationship, or perhaps you wrestle with multiple behavioral problems.

Whatever habits you want to correct, the “Changeology” program – a 90-day, research-based, behavioral control regimen – can help you alter your negative behavior for the better. This strategy springs from three decades of scientific exploration and uses behavior modification tactics that have worked successfully with tens of thousands of people.

Changeology quashes the five most common change myths that prevent people from trying to alter their lives for the better or that cause them to undermine their change efforts:

  1. “People can’t change on their own” – Upward of 75% of people who successfully change their negative behaviors do so without professional help.
  2. “Most goals and resolutions are trivial” – People can carry out major changes; they can stop taking drugs, quit drinking, cease smoking and discontinue overeating.
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    J. S. 8 years ago
    If you are doing some personal work (rather than organisational or business change) using a model like 'GROW' or 'TRAIN' to navigate the change you wish to make this abstract provides a useful support document. The contingency planning is particularly helpful