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Five Stages of Change

Dr. James Prochaska, a psychologist at the University of Rhode Island, developed a widely influential model of the "stages of change."

1. Precontemplation - ("Never") : As far as I'm concerned, I don't have any problems that need changing.

2. Contemplation - ("Someday") : I've been thinking that I wanted to change something about myself.

3. Preparation - ("Soon") : I have decided to make changes in the next two weeks.

4. Action - ("Now") : Anyone can talk about changing. I'm actually doing something about it.

5. Maintenance - ("Forever") : I may need a boost right now to help me maintain the changes I've already made.

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