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Keeping Resolutions - The Stages of Change Approach

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideDecember 31, 2009

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If you have ever made (and broken) a New Year's Resolution, you understand how difficult it can be to change a behavior. One model of behavior change utilized by physicians and therapists is the Stages of Change approach, which is frequently used to help patients quit smoking, overcome addictions, and give up a variety of other harmful behaviors. Learn more about the stages of change and how this approach can be applied to making a lasting life change.

Before you begin, be sure to check out these ten tips for keeping a New Year's Resolution.

You can find more information about behavior change and keeping your New Year's Resolutions in these great resources from About's Guide to Stress Management, Elizabeth Scott:

  • How to Make Lasting Changes
  • Maintaining Healthy Habits - 5 Easy Steps
  • How To Get What You Want Out Of The New Year
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December 30, 2006 at 12:28 am

Great psychology article. I like how you broke down the stages of change. I don?t really do resolutions, but of course, year round, there are things I try to change about my behavior. I will be bookmarking this and reviewing it ? - thanks again.

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