Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions

Dr. John C. Norcross. Simon & Schuster, $24 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4516-5761-6
Change isn't easy but if there's anyone out there who can convert skeptics to believers, it's Norcross. With his steady, avuncular approach, Norcross (Changing for Good), a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, insists that, whether readers want to weigh less or spend less time in the office, his system will work—and for most people, without professional help—because it is science-based. Norcross breaks down the process into five steps (Psych, Prepare, Perspire, Persevere, Persist) that can be accomplished in ninety days. Some of his recommendations are common ones: write out your goals and make them public. Ongoing encouragement, along with quizzes and checklists, are what make his approach so compelling. Norcross is a teacher who first spells out what he's going to teach—"I'll teach you about the lapse process and how to persevere"–and then delivers, providing "ten proven ways to resist the urge to abandon your goal." If there's a fault, it's that Norcross might be a bit too cerebral. To the average smoker who just wants to kick the habit, for instance, the concept of self-efficacy might be irrelevant or out of grasp. Readers should persevere, however; the book is worth it. Agent: Bonnie Solow, Solow Literary. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/29/2012
Release date: 12/25/2012
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 258 pages - 978-1-4516-5762-3
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