A HELICAL THEORY OF PERSONAL CHANGE.
OREGON UNIV EUGENE
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A synthesis of four subsystems of personal change is proposed from which there evolves a helical theory of personal change. The subsystems include attitude-value change theories, behavior modification, role theory, and self theories. The components of the personal change framework are assumed to form a hierarchical system beginning with attitudes the least resistant to change to self concept the most resistant to change. A change in any one of the components of the system creates a state of disequilibrium and a press toward congruence for the components lower in the system. In terms of theory construction, a chain of middle range theories is proposed as an alternative to middle range theories and general theories. Author