ALLEN WHEELIS HOW PEOPLE CHANGE PDF

Better than most lengthy texts in the field, readable for one thing, not pedantic for another. The author basically states that no amount of therapy will produce a change in a person, and that no amount of insight will lead to change -- but the person needs to discover his or her own solution and be willing to "go it alone" to find that solution and work towards it. A much different perspective than most theories of therapy. One discordant note was the inclusion of homosexuality as a condition that can be eliminated rather than a biological state as we consider it today. It was rather like reading a book written in the early s using "nigger" and "darkie" as terms of reference for African Americans -- standard in that time but shocking in ours. The author shared a story from his childhood as an example of a situation that gives a child an opinion about himself that he carries into adulthood, usually disastrously.

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Better than most lengthy texts in the field, readable for one thing, not pedantic for another. The author basically states that no amount of therapy will produce a change in a person, and that no amount of insight will lead to change -- but the person needs to discover his or her own solution and be willing to "go it alone" to find that solution and work towards it.

A much different perspective than most theories of therapy. One discordant note was the inclusion of homosexuality as a condition that can be eliminated rather than a biological state as we consider it today. It was rather like reading a book written in the early s using "nigger" and "darkie" as terms of reference for African Americans -- standard in that time but shocking in ours. The author shared a story from his childhood as an example of a situation that gives a child an opinion about himself that he carries into adulthood, usually disastrously.

Emotional abuse is difficult for me to read about, as I was raised by a parent who also subscribed to this theory. It was so difficult for me to read that I thought there should have been a warning given at the beginning of the chapter -- the kind of warning given on the tv news when they say "the images in this story may be disturbing to some viewers" and then proceed to show some really unsettling footage.

All in all this book gave me a lot to think about, and perhaps a different approach to try in ,y own life. If you read this book, please tell me what you think of it. All cards being on the table: fear, social anxiety, belonging, identity, habits, pain, decision and strength of character- in just a few pages, the author paves the road to understanding how each and every one of us can create real change in our lives.

Not an easy read, but highly recommended.

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How People Change – Allen Wheelis

Action which defines a man, describes his character, is action which has been repeated over and over and so has come in time to be a coherent and relatively independent mode of behavior. At first it may have been fumbling and uncertain, may have required attention, effort, will - as when first drives a car, first makes love, first robs a bank, first stands up against injustice. If one perseveres on any such course it comes in time to require less effort, less attention, begins to function smoothly; its small component behaviors become integrated within a larger pattern which has an ongoing dynamism and cohesiveness, carries its own authority. Such a mode then pervades the entire person, permeates other modes, colors other qualities, in some sense is living and operative even when the action is not being performed, or even considered. Such a mode of action tends to maintain itself, to resist change. A thief is one who steals; stealing extends and reinforces the identity of a thief, which generates further thefts, which further strengthen and deepen the identity.

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Allen Wheelis

The Writer[ edit ] Allen Wheelis succeeded as a writer. Over a period of five decades, he crafted a series of novels while also writing a substantial body of wide-ranging works that has gone on to influence students and the educated public alike [3] Gabbard, He wrote prolifically, authoring 14 books including novels and memoirs, as well as several pieces for Commentary , the New Yorker , and various professional journals [2] Squatriglia, His writings are typified by a profound philosophical pessimism, and "drew heavily from his experiences as both a doctor and a man hobbled by neuroses" [4] Squatriglia, However, his wife Ilse Wheelis is not alone in pointing out that though Wheelis "had a pessimistic outlook on the human condition.

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