What they forget to tell you about the stages of change

If you’ve ever taken an introductory psychology class or done some reading on human behavior and development, you’ve probably stumbled across the Transtheoretical Model, better known as the Stages of Change. 

It offers some insights into how behavior change happens, why it sometimes doesn’t (or seems like it doesn’t) and how we can better support behavior change efforts–both our own, and those of people around us.

But there are some nuances to this that I think deserve a little more exploration and who better to do that with than clinical psychologist and friend of the podcast, Dr. Bethy Campbell?

We have also created an assessment for you to get a read on where you are in relationship to any change you are working on or contemplating, along with a playlist of Change Academy episodes targeting that particular stage of change.

Key Takeaways

By aligning our helping strategies with the helpee’s readiness, we enhance the effectiveness of our support,

The stages of change are not linear.  It’s normal to move back and forth as you progress through your behavior change journey.

Before a change is ever expressed in someone’s actions, there’s actually a lot of change that has taken place. 

Change is a complex process and may involve being at several different stages of change simultaneously. 


LifeRAFT Model , by Dr. Elizabeth Campbell

Attention Attention Action Cycle (Change Academy episode #11)