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1 The Mystery of Change 2 What Works and What Doesn't 3 The Process of Change 4 The Power of Stories 5 The Benefits of Hitting Bottom 6 Growth through Trauma 7 Changing in Therapy 8 Transformative Travel and Spiritual Journeys 9 Between Truth and Lies: Deceiving Yourself and Others 10 Moments of Clarity: Insights & Breakthroughs Talking to Yourself 11 Facing Fears and Managing Stress 12 Creating Meaning and Happiness 13 Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Won 14 Resolving Conflicts in Relationships 15 Why Whatever You Learned Might Not Last

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Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the foremost authorities and prolific writers in the fields of counselling, psychology, and education. He is the best-selling author of more than 80 nonfiction books that deal with a wide range of subjects, including a variety of contemporary issues related to helping and healing, truth and lies, creativity, transformative travel, and stress management. He is Professor of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton, and President of Empower Nepali Girls, an organisation that provides scholarships for at-risk children in Nepal.


Kottler helps us honor the reality that openness to change is at the heart of the pilgrimage to a life of greater freedom, fulfillment, and compassion. With his usual combination of insight and practical guidance, he helps us prepare the psychological soil for what is new, necessary, and potentially transformative. He deftly accomplishes this by providing compelling stories, relevant research, and applicable clinical vignettes on: avoiding the emotional cul-de-sac of discouragement, uncovering sometimes hidden self-defeating patterns, discovering and honoring the power of 'secondary gain,' carefully documenting what promotes change, and describing such helpful paradoxes as 'the importance of being lost.' Arguably Kottler's best book since his early classic work." -Robert J. Wicks, PsyD, Author, Bounce: Living the Resilient Life; Perspective: The Calm within the Storm; and Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World

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