Change: What Really Leads to Lasting Personal Transformation

ISBN : 9780190866853

Jeffrey A. Kottler
376 Pages
158 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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What causes human beings to make a significant change in their lives, a transformative shift in thinking and actions? This fundamental question has preoccupied philosophers, priests, politicians, authors, and scholars for centuries. Today, psychologists and therapists who sit with clients session after session have a unique window into the human psyche, watching the rhythms of change unfold in front of them every day, and yet the process remains a mystery. Research has shown that even in cases of unqualified success, the client and the therapist often have wildly different views on what made it work. Taking that as his starting point, Jeffrey Kottler leads the reader on an exploration of human behavior, seeking to find out what it is that really makes a difference that can lead to transformative and lasting change.


1. The Mystery of Change
2. Obstacles and Challenges That Compromise Efforts to Change
3. When Lives Are Transformed
4. Life-Changing Stories
5. The Benefits of Hitting Bottom
6. Growth Through Trauma
7. Changing in Psychotherapy
8. Transformative Travel and Spiritual Journeys
9. Moments of Clarity That Change Everything
10. Reducing Stress and Facing Fears
11. Creating Meaning and Happiness
12. Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own
13. Soliciting Support and Resolving Conflicts in Relationships
14. Why Changes Don't Often Last

About the author: 

Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD, Professor of Counseling, California State University at Fullerton, is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of psychology and education, having written 80 books about a wide range of subjects during the past 35 years. He has authored more than a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators.; Kottler has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, and private practice settings. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a Visiting Professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Kottler is President of Empower Nepali Girls that provides educational scholarships for at-risk children in Nepal.

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