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While many books have been written on the process of change...
While many books have been written on the process of change in recent years, few address the vital issue of how to make changes endure. Based on original research conducted by the author over the past 20 years, Making Changes Last is a definitive investigation of creating enduring change. Hundreds of therapists and change agents, in addition to a diverse group of people who have transformed themselves through travel, trauma, self-initiated experiences, or structured therapy, have been interviewed about their most dramatic opportunities for personal growth, and what contributed to making their changes last. These stories are combined with a comprehensive review of the research on the subjects of treatment maintenance, addictions relapse, permanent learning, and enduring personal change, creating a comprehensive model for understanding this complex phenomenon.
In Making Changes Last, Kottler presents theories and research that examine why changes often do not last, and then offers several practical strategies aimed to help construct an optimal treatment program that will endure over time. Although written for helping and leadership professionals, all readers will find the personable and engrossing narrative both illuminating and inspiring. Making Changes Last gives readers the knowledge and tools they need to understand the mechanisms and processes of successful, lasting change.
|1||What Do We Really Understand About Change?||1|
|2||Stories of Personal Transformation||17|
|3||Kinds of Change: Magnitude, Rate, Levels, and Significance||41|
|4||Why Changes Don't Last||49|
|5||Some Universal Features of Change Efforts||65|
|6||The Process of Lasting Change||87|
|7||Conditions That Promote Enduring Change||103|
|8||Adjunctive Structures That Sustain Change||117|
|9||The Certainty of Failure and Uncertainty of Change||135|
|About the Author||165|