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Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives by [Miller, William R., C'de Baca, Janet]
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""Quantum Change" is arguably the most informative scientific appraisal of spiritual experience since "Varieties of Religious Experience "by William James....Their book reminds us that such experiences are common and that it behooves both behavioral scientists and clergy to seek the common, healing ground that unites their two disciplines."--"American Journal of Psychiatry"
"Like "Varieties of Religious Experience, Quantum Change" is illustrated richly with case histories....This book is compelling reading and is a must not only for anyone working in the addictions field, but for anyone who is at all interested in the psychology and spirituality of human behaviour."--"Addiction Biology"
"It is easy to walk away from this book hungry for an equally transforming jolt to everyday existence."--"ForeWord"
"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....this work is valuable because it teaches ordinary people not to fear sudden spiritual encounters. For large psychology collections in public libraries."--"Library Journal"


"Bill Miller and Janet C'de Baca have written a wonderful book. Not since William James's "Varieties of Religious Experience" has there been such a psychologically penetrating book on spiritual experience." --George E. Vaillant, MD, Harvard Medical School
"Although many people spend years struggling to fix personal problems, some people undergo sudden, dramatic, and nearly instantaneous change. This book tells their stories and identifies the core features of these transformational changes. The idea of quantum change is arguably among the most exciting in psychology, since it challenges both common sense and clinical lore. This book will appeal to anyone interested in psychological change, transformation, or the human condition. In other words, this book is for everyone." --Todd F. Heatherton, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College
"Reading" Quantum Change "is a mystical experience of its own. This is an exceptionally well written book that I found inspirational, enlightening, and a 'must read.' After reading this book, don't be surprised if you think about change in a new way." --Monty Roberts, author of the New York Times best seller, "The Man Who Listens to Horses"

About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (21 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XZS4PK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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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