Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution
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Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution

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Three prominent American therapists detail their theories and
strategies for promoting human change and dealing with related
psychological problems.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 17th 1974 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1974)
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Irena Spivak
This book discusses the questions of persistence and change the actions of humans, the book explain how created problems and conflicts in human life and how to prevent them in advance. Shows how often the solutions that we provide to problems become problems themselves, and how to make real changes.
Many persons and organizations begin with changes. And changes do not succeed - the book can assist in understanding what causes this.
Book describes how to change your way of thinking. In a remarkabl...more
Sara
While entrenched in applications and theories of psychology primarily, this book is applicable to any situation or problem that any person experiences and wishes to change. The straightforward title indicates what you're going to get--a very honest exploration of change, how people go about it, how they fail along the way, and what must be done to reframe their problems and alter their thinking in order to achieve the desired change. It takes a lot of real-life examples (though many are outdated...more
Stuart Reid
Very readable and intuitively appealing approach to change. Suggests that change at the level of the problem is unlikely to be effective in human issues - we need to take a step up and see the problem at a different level: second-order change rather than third order change. Nice examples where doing the opposite of what 'common sense' tells us to do can be the right choice.
Lindy
Proposes ingenious methods of diffusing problems and inciting change, especially when all other methods attempted have failed. Looks primarily at the concept of first-order change (more of the same) as opposed to second-order change (shifting to a new frame).
Verac
Probably one of my favorite books in grad school. Excellent examples and novel approaches to situations that might occur in systems. Written clearly and with humor. First chapter is the driest, so hang in there.
Patric
Great classic exploring the blind spot living in denial in the human psyche and presented with humor and effective solutions in psycho therapy. Excellent book.
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This book is fantastic . It gave me a whole new perspective on how to effect change.
Gloria
One of two books that I remember changing my life as a college student.
Bill Baer
a psychological approach to change through paradox and word intreperation
Jeffrey
It changed my perception of the world. it might change yours.
Pat
an important part of how i have run my therapy and career.
Dorothy
A book that changed my life.
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Was an Austrian-American psychologist and philosopher. A theoretician in communication theory and radical constructivism, he has commented in the fields of family therapy and general psychotherapy. He was one of the most influential figures at the Mental Research Institute and lived and worked in Palo Alto, California, until his death at the age of 85
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