Taking the First Step to Change

Making change is an incredibly complex and difficult process.  Problems with money, eating, aggression, self-injury, gambling, substances or relationships often feel intractable. We may want to improve finances and physical or mental health, spend more time with family or get out of a job rut.  A 2003 study in The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions found people who express a commitment to change are significantly more likely to change than those who do not.  So how do you select that all important goal that will improve your life?

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The Function of Problem Behaviors

I read a story today about the efforts of environmentalists in Russia to protect a freshwater lake from pollutants.  The fate of this lake, unique because of its ecosystem and rare species, has been disputed for decades.  Environmentalists described the governmental forces they are up against as not “playing by the rules” and indicated that in the face of governmental power, their cause is hopeless.  The government officials, they believe, will protect their business interests at any cost.

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