308: Dr. John Norcross on the Keys to Successful Behavior Change


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Dr. John Norcross is an internationally recognized expert on behavior change. He is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton and a board-certified psychologist. He is the author of the acclaimed self-help book, Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions, has authored over 400 publications and has co-written and edited 22 books, principally in the areas of psychotherapy, clinical psychology, professional training, and self-change. In this episode, he and Eric discuss what the science of behavior change tells us when it comes to the do’s and don’t’s of creating new behaviors and putting an end to problematic ones. This episode is full of practical wisdom and is a must-listen for anyone looking to create meaningful, lasting change in their lives.

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In This Interview, Dr. John Norcross and I discuss Behavior Change and…

  • His book, Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions
  • One of the colossal mistakes people make when trying to change their behavior
  • Motivation & willpower versus learnable skills
  • Harnessing the power of the science of behavior change as well as the 5 stages of behavior change
  • The power of doing the right things at the right time
  • Preparing to follow a behavior change program
  • The 90-day commitment for lasting behavior change
  • Chronic Contemplation as well as what to do when you slip up
  • The findings from the New Years Resolutions Study
  • Energy sources
  • The importance of a “change team” or a “support team”
  • The common “countering” methods using “healthy opposites”
  • How to apply the “healthy opposites” approach to emotional eating
  • The truth: what is measured, improves
  • Dealing with urges as well as cravings

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