Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Change Expert: "People Don't Like Change"

Beginning a new prescription is difficult. According to Carlo DiClemente, professor and leading expert on Change Theory, change requires self-control. It’s a marathon, requiring motivation and training. Additional stresses make change even more difficult, and what could be more stressful than a life-threatening disease. So why, when people are offered a solution do they not take the treatment? It’s not that people aren’t motivated to be healthy, but they aren’t motivated to do what they have to do to get there. Coupled with poor self-observation and organization, DiClemente says patients would often rather go to another doctor than admit they have to do what they are told, than admit they have to change.


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