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Goal Setting and Self-Directed Behavior Change (eBook)

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Two recent developments, one theoretical and one practical, have led behavior change researchers to pay more attention to self-directed techniques of behavior change. In practice, there is a growing demand for behavioral science solutions to human problems. More and more individuals are seeing that the various forms of psychotherapy can provide viable solutions to their personal problems. In addition, social welfare agencies are seeking to change their role from that of policeman and distributor of government funds to that of an agent for individual and community development. This growing demand for the practical application of behavioral science knowledge has made prae ticioners painfully aware of the fact that, using the existing techniques of behavior change which are so dependent on the change agent [or their success, there can never be enough professionally trained personnel to meet this demand. So in desperation the practicioner is asking, How crucial am I in the change process? Is is possible to develop change techniques that people can use themselves?

Two recent developments, one theoretical and one practical, have led behavior change researchers to pay more attention to self-directed techniques of behavior change. In practice, there is a growing demand for behavioral science solutions to human problems. More and more individuals are seeing that the various forms of psychotherapy can provide viable solutions to their personal problems. In addition, social welfare agencies are seeking to change their role from that of policeman and distributor of government funds to that of an agent for individual and community development. This growing demand for the practical application of behavioral science knowledge has made prae ticioners painfully aware of the fact that, using the existing techniques of behavior change which are so dependent on the change agent [or their success, there can never be enough professionally trained personnel to meet this demand. So in desperation the practicioner is asking, How crucial am I in the change process? Is is possible to develop change techniques that people can use themselves?


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