Changing for Good: Introduction Highlights


My key highlights from the Introduction:

  • change is unavoidable
  • each moment is different from every other. nothing remains static for an instant, from a planetary to a molecular level
  • the action stage is simply one of six stages — following precontemplation, contemplation, and preparation, and preceding maintenance and termination
  • fewer than 20% of a problem population are prepared for action at any given time. and yet, more than 90% of behavior change programs are designed with this 20% in mind
  • [successful] self-change requires that you know what stage you are in for the problem you want to overcome
  • even people who are not ready to act can set the change process in motion
  • 45% of clients drop out of psychotherapy prematurely, since treatments too often don’t match the stage clients are in
  • there are fewer differences between therapy-changers and self-changers
  • it can be argued that all change is self-change, and that therapy is simply professionally coached self-change
  • the key is always to use the right strategy at the right time
  • very often, failure is due to lack of guidance — most self-changers are so busy reinventing the wheel that they become exhausted during the course of their struggle

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