Video: Dr. John Norcross explains the 5 basic steps of change
Dr. John Norcross explains the 5 basic steps of change in his book Changeology
JN: So it begins in the Psych Step. That is, people are getting motivated, energized, heading in a new direction. As the term designates, it is truly getting revved up. From Psych, we go to the second step of Prep, short for Preparation, where we prepare, we come up with an action plan, even establish a start date. And then we jump into Perspire, or the action stage, where people actually change their behavior. As you and I know, the average layperson considers change to begin in the Action or Perspire Stage.
But we know the months, if not years of work that goes on before that. Once into the Perspire Stage, people need to then keep it going, and they need to avoid a slip from becoming a fall. So that leads to our fourth step, Persevere, continuing despite the slips. And finally, we know it’s not enough just to change for just a couple of days or even a couple of weeks. So the challenge is long-term maintenance or, as we call it, the Persist Stage. So change unfolds in this series of steps, step by step. Psych, Prep, Perspire, Persevere and ultimately, Persist.Tags: change, psychotherapy, therapy, video, videos