Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Changing Behavior: A Book Review

Last week, my Stop & Smell the Roses vlog announced that I was contacted by a publishing company to review a top-tier psychological self-help manual (which truly, is right up my alley) that had just recently come out this past Spring. You may also remember one of my more recent post about change and why I named my blog Change is Necessary for I am constantly talking about and dealing with the topic of change and am thrilled to contribute to and share this bestselling, award winning book with you, written by behavioral change expert, educator and researcher -
Dr. Georgianna Donadio:

Bestselling #1 Top Rated Amazon Kindle Relationships Book
Winner of the 2012 Indie Book Award - Relationships
Recipient of 5 stars from Foreward Clarion

Changing behavior...easier said than done, is what most people think when they hear this idea. It has been a hot topic of research and widely studied for decades now, but so much of what is out there does not supply us with the skills or tools that give us successful, long term outcomes for changing behavior and help us achieve fulfilling, longer lasting relationships...until now.

So without further adieu, today is my turn on the blog tour...

At just around 125 pages, this book is a quick read, extremely informative, well researched, and reminds me of a book that I would have used to accompany a psychology/communications course in college. Introducing Behavioral Engagement™, a proven behavior change model which has been pilot tested for over 30 years in Boston area hospitals and healthcare environments, the book offers 12 Behavioral Engagement skills, or steps, that help provide the reader with ways to improve communication, more effectively relate to others and assistance on how to apply them to your life in every day situations.

For example, one of my favorite steps is Step Eight: Be patient. Patience is something that I continue to work on, in my personal life, work life and when engaging in conversations with others. Believe me, it continues to be a constant challenge and something that I am always looking to improve. The book states that when communicating and engaging in interaction with others, "it takes an unfolding of the other person's conversational comfort level, as well as trust in the intention of the exchange, for them to experience the expansiveness that Behavioral Engagement provides."

I also really enjoyed how the book starts out by talking a little bit about why we behave the way we do and how relationships impact our lives and overall health. Isn't this something that most of us are all interested in knowing more about?? Well, I know I am!

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." 
~Albert Einstein

I encourage you to check out this book, find out more about Dr. Donadio's history and all of the fascinating research she is involved with, and read what some of the other bloggers are saying on this book tour. Thanks for stopping by and if you read Changing Behavior: Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy-to-Learn, Proven Communication Skills, please come back and let's chat about it! :)

*Click here to receive a free excerpt from the book*
or buy the book on Amazon available on paperback & via Amazon Kindle

More about the author...

Dr. Georgianna Donadio, MSc, DC, PhD - A long-time proponent of the important role nurses play in healthcare, she is one of only six American Florence Nightingale Scholars, is an award-winning Nurse Advocate and has dedicated her life to improving the quality of healthcare delivery and patient advocacy. Her work in behavioral health began in 1976 when, after years in nursing and medical administration, she recognized a critically important missing piece within our current medical care delivery system. This awareness motivated her to establish the Boston based National Institute of Whole Health and develop Behavioral Engagement™, the first known whole person health education and health behavior change model developed, tested and utilized in a clinical setting.

Note: I was provided a copy of Changing Behavior & all opinions are my own.

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