I. The Context
1. Something Old, Something New
2. The Landscape of Quantum Change
4. The Insightful Type of Quantum Change
6. Taking the AA Train
7. A Mirror and Two Roses
10. The Mystical Type of Quantum Change
11. The Reluctant Mystic
12. Something Like a Star
13. A Voice in the Fireplace
14. At Pecos
17. Are Quantum Changes Always Positive?
18. What Happened?
19. Messages to Humankind
Appendix. Values: What Matters Most to You?
William R. Miller, PhD, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He has published 40 books, including Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, and his many scientific publications reflect his interests in the psychology of change, the treatment of addictions, and the interface of psychology and spirituality. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him as one of the world's most cited scientists. Janet C'de Baca, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. She is currently a research scientist with the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest, in Albuquerque. Her professional interests include cross-cultural psychology and the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors.
Psychologists C'de Baca and Miller (both Univ. of New Mexico) define "quantum change" as a kind of sudden "personal metamorphosis." People who experience it, they believe, are sources of untapped potential for universal human healing. Collected here are dozens of "before and after" tales that the authors derived from interviews, letters, and telephone calls. These tales reflect two types of quantum change sudden insights and epiphanies as well as their characteristics. The authors successfully assert that as a person is guided to a new place of authentic truth within himself or herself, peacefulness and inner strength ensue, and a positive shift in core values results. Unfortunately, the authors do not effectively address the other side that is, quantum changes that bring negative outcomes for the examples they give do not exhibit most of the characteristics of quantum change. Still, this work is valuable because it teaches ordinary people not to fear sudden spiritual encounters. For large psychology collections in public libraries. Lisa Liquori, Syracuse, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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