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A bold new way to help anyone change

Why is it so hard to change problem behavior - in our kids, our colleagues, and even ourselves? Conventional methods often backfire, creating a downward spiral of resentment and frustration, and a missed opportunity for growth. What if the thinking behind these old methods is wrong? What if people don’t misbehave because they want to, but because they lack the skills to do better? Or as renowned psychologist J. Stuart Ablon asks, what if changing problem behavior is a matter of skill, not will

Based on more than 25 years of clinical work with juvenile offenders as well training parents, teachers, counselors, and law enforcement, and supported by research in neuroscience, Changeable presents a radical new way of thinking about challenging and unwanted behavior - Collaborative Problem Solving - that builds empathy, helps others reach their full potential, and most of all really works. 

With illuminating scientific evidence, remarkable success stories, and actionable insights, Changeable gives parents, teachers, CEOs, and anyone interested in learning about why we behave the way we do a roadmap for helping people grow.

*Includes a bonus PDF with charts and graphs.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 J. Stuart Ablon (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Reaching our full potential requires opening ourselves up to change - even when it’s uncomfortable and scary, or seems impossible. The insights in this engaging book shed light on the real obstacles to change, and how we can overcome them - in ourselves and others. An empowering read.” (Susan David, PhD, best-selling author of Emotional Agility

Changeable is a great book. Dr. Ablon addresses the most challenging aspect of human interaction - how to engage with another person to effectively help them change. This is the key task of a parent, coach, teacher, supervisor, therapist - just about any human-to-human interaction involves change. The clear and compelling way that Dr. Ablon outlines the Collaborative Problem Solving process will be a revelation. Using the principles outlined in Changeable will shift the way you understand and interact with others - and the impact may just change your life.” (Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow, The ChildTrauma Academy, and best-selling author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

“Each of us has the potential to learn new skills, regardless of how we’ve been labeled or judged by others. In this empowering book, Stuart Ablon shows how helping others work past their struggles to learn and grow can yield powerful results.” (Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, author of Twice Exceptional and Ungifted, and co-author of Wired to Create

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Must read!

A fantastic book, that I recommend EVERYONE to read! I'm going to actively spread the word to everyone I know!

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Perfect for parents, bosses and humans who have to interact with other humans!

I’ve worked at one of the institutions Dr. Ablon mentions, and I’ve been trained in CPS multiple times. This. Stuff. Really. Works. I use it with my roommates, my colleagues and even my supervisor. It’s not a “soft method” but instead just a way of thinking about, and speaking to other people that considers their perspectives and concerns instead of just your own. This book sums it up with great clarity, and I found it so interesting. Definitely take the time to give it a read/listen!

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Enlightening, revolutionary thinking

another title could be
"How to best relate to any human being"
Awesome. loved it

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Great!

I think it is a great book. Like another comment said, there is a political section at the end but I don't think he was taking a political side but rather expressing a lack of leadership in this particular area.

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Why bring your politics in?

Why bring your politics in? The last chapter was solely about the author’s politics. I do not think that was necessary and seemed to detract from the collaborative problem solving model which was the whole point of the book.

The author needs to research religious terrorism of the Middle East. He seemed to not know anything about it to be making such broad, sweeping statements about using collaborative problem solving with them.

Again, the author needs to leave politics out of the book. It’s not a book about politics and will offend some readers. They might think, “If he’s so wrong in the last chapter, maybe he’s wrong in the rest of the book too.”

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Simply, excellent!!! A MUST READ FOR THERAPIST

For anyone dealing with people. Life changing. using brain science to understand behavior and solve problems.

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Hope for the Future

Dr. Ablon gives practical strategies for finding solutions in life. He shares examples and reflections to illustrate the skills and steps in the process. This book and the process brings me hope for our future.