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Process of Change
Psychosocial Balancing Behaviors
Living in the Zone
"Planning a Change"
Carol H. Drengenberg MA, RN, LCPC —
Published in the July / August 2000 issue of Coping with Cancer
Change can be difficult, and yet we often are very critical of ourselves when we do not change or when we don't change as quickly as we would like. How does change occur? What can we do to support this process? Research proves the change follows a powerful, predictable and controllable course, with clearly identifiable stages. Fortunately, there are things we can do to help ourselves move through these stages. What are these stages? What are the key points we need to understand about the process of change?
CHANGING FOR GOOD —
A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward by James Prochaska, PhD., John Norcross, PhD. and Carlo DiClemente, PhD.
Outline written by Carol H. Drengenberg RN, MA, LCPC
— all stages are equally important
— stages cannot be skipped
— one stage does not inevitably lead to the next
— most successful self-changers go through the stages of change three or
four times before they complete the cycle; linear progression is possible,
but RARE! (only 2% do linear progression - go through the stages with
— setbacks are common; use the term recycle rather than relapse
— each stage has its own different, specific approaches and interventions
— fewer than 20% of problem populations are ready for the "action stage" at
any given time, yet more than 90% of behavior change programs are
designed with this 20% in mind
— even people who are not ready to act can begin the process of change
Do not equate change only with action!
The "action stage" is not the only time you can make progress toward overcoming your problem.
Beware of "all-or-nothing" thinking. Allow yourself time to move back and forth through the stages of change.
This model of self-change is utilized in programs sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Drug Abuse.
The book is available at local bookstores.
ISBN # 0-380-72572-X.
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