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Stages of Change: The Essence of the New Book, Changeology, by John C. Norcross

South Kingstown, RI – January 3, 2013. On Christmas day, John C. Norcross, PhD, a former student of James O. Prochaska, PhD, developer of the Transtheoretical Model, released his new book, Changeology: 5 Steps to Realize your Goals and Resolutions. The book takes the reader through the scientific stages or steps of the change process with Transtheoretical Model-based assessments, guidance, and worksheets. Norcross puts into practice Dr. Mehmet Oz’s September 17, 2012 Time magazine statement that the Transtheoretical Model “has been around since the late 1970s but is no less powerful now and even has special utility when two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and 600,000 of us are killed by cardiovascular disease per year.”

In Changeology, John C. Norcross lists his pet peeves of traditional self-help resources: “They tend to fail in four ways: they are not based on research (95% are not); they don’t provide specific strategies; they focus on only one stage of the solution; and they don’t tailor advice to the individual.”

Pro-Change’s health behavior change programs, based on the Transtheoretical Model, are just the opposite. They are based on over 35 years of continuing research; they provide specific, concrete change strategies; they target all of the stages of change; and they are tailored to the individual on all four constructs of the change process – stage, pros and cons, self-confidence, and processes of change.

In his book, Norcross recognizes the research and development work of Deborah Levesque, PhD, for depression prevention, and Sara Johnson, PhD, for multiple behavior change and co-variation. Unfortunately he mistakenly lists their affiliation as the University of Rhode Island. Both are Senior Vice Presidents and leaders in the scientific development of new applications of the Transtheoretical Model at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Norcross’ new book can help many more people appreciate the science of the stages of change, which can produce greater success in efforts to lead healthier and happier lives.

About Changeology
To learn more about John C. Norcross’ book, Changeology, go to www.changeologybook.com.