How People Change

A Brief Commentary
  • George Stricker
Part of the The Springer Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


It is possible to argue that change lies at the heart of psychology. Certainly, for clinical psychology, a discipline devoted to selected effective interventions that are designed to produce salutory change, the course and nature of change is a central issue. Before we examine how people change, we might address the question of whether they change at all. Certainly, people do change their behaviors and their attitudes, but do they change feelings, values, character traits, or other more substantial features? Probably, at times, but not easily and not quickly. What we have in this volume is a series of accounts of change, where it occurs, under what circumstances, and how it is best understood and explained. I would like to indicate the conclusions I have drawn from the chapters in this volume, not necessarily the conclusions they have drawn, or even would agree with, but the thoughts stimulated in me by exposure to this spectrum of presentations:


Character Trait Clinical Psychologist Change Agent Garden City External Reality 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Stricker
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  1. 1.Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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