Making Changes in Our Lives: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change

In the last post we discussed the change process and what we know about it.  Specifically, we talked about the research of James Prochaska and his colleagues and the Stages of Change model that he has developed. His Transtheoretical Model of Change explains in part why people stay in bad situations and in toxic relationships either with another person or with a drug. Continue reading “Making Changes in Our Lives: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change”

Change-Exploring Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model

For most of us making a change is a difficult process, even good ones. Change requires that we do something different and quite often demands that the people around us do something different. Many would argue that we are creatures who like routine and sameness. We get comfortable with the groove that we are in, even if it becomes a rut. So, as the research suggests, many of us feel stressed that we have to make changes in our life, even positive ones. Continue reading “Change-Exploring Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model”

“First Night”

First Night - book coverFor many years we have been using storytelling as a tool for teaching the skills and the attitudes of resilience. Storytelling has been around since the first human beings sat down around a fire and talked about their lives. These first training sessions on resilience occurred thousands of years ago. From campfires to fireplaces to potbellied stoves to water coolers, we continue to tell stories about resilience.

In more recent times, we’ve written these down in the form of novels and biographies. Even more recently we’ve recorded them on tape and film, and, most recently on the internet. We have used Reaching Home and other novels as a primary tool in teaching these skills and attitudes. We feel this is an appropriate time to release the sequel to Reaching Home, First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism, here on the internet. We will be releasing a chapter per week, for the next fifty-one weeks, beginning 01/01/2017. For those of you who do not wish to wait for the next weekly chapter, you can order a hard copy or a download from the publisher Reed Edwards Company.

Please follow this link to read excerpts from the book “First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism”

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Personal Safety

Will guns make us safer?

At a time when fear seems to be driving our society, safety is a major issue. Many people don’t feel safe. Many believe that the crime rate has increased over the past few years. The reality is that it has decreased significantly since the 1970s and that the ‘70s in many ways were the most dangerous times  for personal safety for people in this society. Continue reading “Personal Safety”

The Election

The election is over and most of us would agree that that’s a good thing.  Most of us would also agree that the next few months or years may be difficult ones.

The good news is that we have an opportunity to address the things, the issues, that have separated us and divided us.  To do this, we will need the skills and the attitudes of resilience.  So here is my checklist of things to do. Continue reading “The Election”