"Quantum Change" with William Miller

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"Quantum Change" with William Miller

When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives

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Dr. William Miller talks with host Cassandra Vieten about motivational interviewing used to identify conflicting motivations and how to move forward into life changes. He has served as a consultant to many organizations, including the United States Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. In 1990, Dr. Miller set out to study the phenomenon of transformational changes, those that usually occur within a matter of hours and result in enduring and sometimes dramatic change in one's life and personality. These are popularized in fiction (Scrooge in the Dickens Christmas Carol) and film (George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life), but they also occur in real life. Accounts of such changes are found in biography and autobiography, and in places such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Miller and his colleagues studied 55 people who had experienced of this kind, seeking similarities in the antecedents, nature, and consequences of "quantum change." He discusses their findings over ten years of follow-up, and what the rest of us can learn from their experiences.

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