Change: What Really Leads to Lasting Personal Transformation

Hardcover | August 11, 2015

byJeffrey A. Kottler

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Think of a time in your life when you overcame a significant, chronic, intractable problem that had challenged you for years, until somehow you managed to completely turn things around in such a way that the change has persisted to this day. How did this happen and what was it that made thegreatest difference? Jeffrey Kottler has often explored this question - asking it of his clients in therapy and his students and colleagues, and tracing it across literature and scholarship around the globe - and he poses it in the opening pages of Change: What Really Leads to Lasting Personal Transformation. Thisfundamental query - how do we (or don't we) make conscious and lasting changes in our lives - has been at the center of his career as a therapist, professor, scholar, and author, and it offers a starting point for this book. Change is a mystery. There is no panacea, no one answer to how and why some people can alter their behavior, while others cannot, and even amongst the world's experts there is little consensus for what really makes the difference in successful transformations. From professional athletes like DocEllis and Scott Donie to clients, colleagues and his own personal life, Kottler interweaves powerful stories of transformation with contemporary scholarship and change theory in his examination of the varieties of human transformation. The book approaches the change process through the lens of psychotherapy, considering a variety of types of change, including those triggered by a traumatic event, hitting bottom in an addiction, inspirational travel, facing fears, and the power of altruism. Each chapter is anchored by stories ofremarkable, unexpected, and lasting transformation, meant to inspire as well as illustrate the sheer range of possible change experiences. The book should leave readers with a healthy dose of skepticism for any program that promises to change your life, while also giving them a deeper appreciationfor the complexity of the human psyche.

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Think of a time in your life when you overcame a significant, chronic, intractable problem that had challenged you for years, until somehow you managed to completely turn things around in such a way that the change has persisted to this day. How did this happen and what was it that made thegreatest difference? Jeffrey Kottler has oft...

Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD., is a Professor in the Department of Counseling at California State University - Fullerton, and Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Empower Nepali Girls.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Mystery of Change2. What Works and What Doesn't3. The Process of Change4. The Power of Stories5. The Benefits of Hitting Bottom6. Growth through Trauma7. Changing in Therapy8. Transformative Travel and Spiritual Journeys9. Between Truth and Lies: Deceiving Yourself and Others10. Moments of Clarity: Insights and Breakthroughs Talking to Yourself11. Facing Fears and Managing Stress12. Creating Meaning and Happiness13. Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Won14. Resolving Conflicts in Relationships15. Why Whatever You Learned Might Not Last