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Quantum Change : When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives - William R. Miller

Quantum Change

When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2001
ISBN: 9781572305052
Number Of Pages: 212

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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 soemtimes experienced by people they knew something - often described as "a bolt from the blue" or "seeing the light." And 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.

'The idea of quantum change is arguably among the most exciting in psychology, since it challenges both common sense and clinical lore. This book will appeal to anyone interested in psychological change, transformation, or the human condition. In other words, this book is for everyone.' Todd F. Heatherton, PhD, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College - 'Reading Quantum Change is a mystical experience of its own. This is an exceptionally well written book that I found inspirational, enlightening, and a 'must read.' After reading this book, don't be surprised if you think about change in a new way.' - Monty Roberts, author of The Man The Man Who Listens to Horses 'A wonderful book. Not since William James's Varieties of Religious Experience has there been such a psychologically penetrating book on spiritual experience.' - George E. Vaillant, MD, Harvard Medical School

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The context
Something Old, Something Newp. 3
The Landscape of Quantum Changep. 11
Beforep. 23
Insights
The Insightful Type of Quantum Changep. 35
Boomp. 48
Taking the AA Trainp. 51
A Mirror and Two Rosesp. 57
Awakeningp. 61
Ripplesp. 65
Epiphanies
The Mystical Type of Quantum Changep. 71
The Reluctant Mysticp. 93
Something Like a Starp. 102
A Voice in the Fireplacep. 110
At Pecosp. 114
Trampolinep. 118
Reflections
Afterp. 127
Are Quantum Changes Always Positive?p. 144
What Happened?p. 155
Messages to Humankindp. 182
Epiloguep. 192
Afterwordp. 193
An Invitationp. 196
Appendixp. 197
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 207
About the Authorsp. 212
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ISBN: 9781572305052
ISBN-10: 1572305053
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 2nd May 2001
Publisher: GUILFORD PUBN
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.09  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.31