Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives

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Guilford Press, May 2, 2001 - Psychology - 212 pages
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Most of us walk through each day expecting few surprises. If we want to better ourselves or our lives, we map out a path of gradual change; perhaps in therapy or a 12-step group. University of New Mexico psychologists William Miller and Janet C'de Baca were longtime scholars and teachers of this approach to self-improvement when they became intrigued by a different sort of change that was sometimes experienced by people and often described as "a bolt from the blue" or "seeing the light." When they placed a request in a local newspaper for people's stories of unexpected personal transformation, the deluge of of responses was astounding.
These compelling stories of epiphanies and sudden insights inspired Miller and C'de Baca to examine the experience of "quantum change" through the lens of scientific psychology. Where does quantum change come from? Why do some of us experience it, and what kind of people do we become as a result? The answers that this book arrives at yield remarkable insights into how human beings achieve lasting change--sometimes, even, in spite of ourselves.
Drs. Miller and C'de Baca began their collaborative research on quantum change in 1990, and this book is the first full report of their work.
 

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When I first began to read this book, I thought it looked promising, but it hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations. The authors distinguish between two types of quantum change, the insightful type ... Read full review

Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives

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Psychologists C'de Baca and Miller (both Univ. of New Mexico) define "quantum change" as a kind of sudden "personal metamorphosis." People who experience it, they believe, are sources of untapped ... Read full review

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William R. Miller, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, where he has been teaching and learning since 1976. His 25 books and many scientific publications reflect his interests in the psychology of change, the treatment of addictions, and the interface of psychology and spirituality. Drs. Miller and C'de Baca began their collaborative research on quantum change in 1990, and this book is the first full report of their work.

Janet C'de Baca, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. She is currently a research scientist with the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest, in Albuquerque. Her professional interests include cross-cultural psychology and the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors.

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