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Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives Hardcover – 26 Jul 2001

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  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press (26 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157230667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572306677
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,980,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Symeon on 21 Jan 2013
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"Quantum" has become one of those cute words that seem to be used by an ever growing number of people for no other reason than it makes the user sound clever, so I approached this book with gritted teeth. It repayed me tenfold. The authors are both clinical psychologists with a particular interest and experience in addiction cases. Over the years they had generally found that for any treatment to be of lasting benefit to the client, great patience was required; any progress was slow and incremental. However, occasionally they came across cases where, for whatever reason, a sufferer would suddenly make a dramatic leap forward, what the authors call a "quantum change". Moreover, contrary to expectations, such dramatic changes usually proved to be permanent: hence, as clinicians, their desire to study such cases to see what if any clues they could offer for more effective treatment procedures. Could such quantum changes be induced, or are they something that just happen at randon with no obvious reasons?

The authors suggest that there are two broad categories of quantum change, although with a somewhat fuzzy distinguishing line between them. The first they call the intuitive category, where the experient suddenly realises/discovers/understands something that they had never grasped before - a "Eureka moment", we might say. Characteristic of these experiences is that generally the experients believe that they are generated from within, even though they may use language that suggests otherwise: "it suddenly came to me," or "then completely out of the blue, it dawned on me".
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When I first began to read this book, I thought it looked promising, but it hasn't quite lived up to my expectations.

The authors distinguish between two types of quantum change, the insightful type and the mystical type. Quantum change was defined as a sudden transformation in someone's life/personality/character. I didn't really understand all the accounts by those who had had the former type of experience - it seemed they just suddenly stopped smoking or drinking or whatever. Some of the writers explained themselves better, however.

I myself have had several mystical experiences though none of them led to any personal transformation.

The best bit of the book was the personal accounts by each quantum changer. They told their story in their own words, and their accounts were well written/edited.

But I did get a bit confused sometimes, because no names were given, and I couldn't easily work out whether the person concerned was a man or woman, which I found disorientating. And later in the book when reference was made to the one or the other experience, it was difficult to remember which quantum changer was being referred to - especially as many of the experiences resembled each other quite a bit.

I found the section towards the end of the book where the experiences were being analyzed less readable. It was clear that the authors were mentally-orientated psychologists, and they didn't really come to any conclusion about the cause of these quantum changes. It was as though the analysis was too mental and perhaps lacked a larger more spiritual overview. I don't remember any reference to such matters as these events having been planned before birth, any discussion of karmic reasons for them or any such thing.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
They Exist! 30 Dec 2007
By Li N. - Published on Amazon.com
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This isn't a book which will guide you step-by-step to achieving an epiphany or mystical experience all your own, which some may find disappointing. But then, such intense insights only seem to come when we link into the great vastness of the One (by whatever Name you want to call it) ... and there is no guide book that can lead us directly to the spot where that will happen because it's personal for each person. This randomness has led to these transformations being mostly dismissed by the Western World as either delusions (science) or presumption (religion), so it's a nice (quantum!) change to see a straightforward discussion on the topic. The most any guide can do is help us achieve a position where we're open to the experience, and that is the true benefit of this book. The examples in Quantum Change help you see that the potential of a link does exist, and that others have found their way to it. Opening yourself up to that possibility can be a changing point for you, too!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Rivals Maslow 24 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Everyone should read this book...everyone who has ever wondered
about life,God, psychology,sociology,religion,atheism, what is different or what is the same among people. Maslow said that few people achieve lasting peak experiences and that those peak exeriences occur over a long period of time. These authors, PhDs in the Psych field, have studied dozens of people who have had sudden, unexpected, lasting changes in their lives as well as their worldview. The individual stories are stunning. But the best thing is that the researchers have used the scientific method to quantify these experiences and to put names on common components of these Quantum Changes which differ from the usual Maslow stuff. Are these people evolving into something higher? If so, why these ordinary people? Very thought provoking. Awesome!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
unique data 27 Dec 2003
By E. C. Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
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Quantum Change is a good read and a good one for me to read. Both humbling and inspiring at the same time. And I appreciated its (empirical) message, spoken via Western science: TRANSFORMATION LIVES! Insightful and mystical types of change in otherwise ordinary people. Some had transformations on nothing more than "please, God, if you exist, show me now." Obviously, quantum change may be totally at the effect of Grace and not a particular practice. On the other hand, knowing it exists may facilitate it. In any case the accounts were fascinating. Transformation by insight was easier to identify with than the mystical change, when transformees may have given little or no thought to such possibilities. But they all exemplify what really matters: To a person all had less fear, if any, in the aftermath, often replaced by compassionate service.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A thoughtful exploration of a complex subject 18 Mar 2005
By Dr. Richard Bedrosian - Published on Amazon.com
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This book looks at life-changing experiences from a scholarly, psychologically-minded perspective. The stories were inspiring and uplifting, but also realistic and believable. The people depicted had experiences that changed them forever, but they remained human, with faults and limitations like the rest of us. As a clinical psychologist with nearly 30 years of experience doing psychotherapy, I found this volume to be thought-provoking and insightful, and filled with good news about we human beings!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Blends psychology with spiritual insights 9 Nov 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Sudden insights can transform lives: the psychologist authors were longtime scholars and teachers of self-improvement when they noticed life-changing realizations among their clients. An ad requesting similar experiences from others resulted in a flood of stories of unexpected transformation, and Quantum Change blends psychology with spiritual insights in considering these changes.
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