Accession Number : AD0706755

Title :   A HELICAL THEORY OF PERSONAL CHANGE.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : OREGON UNIV EUGENE

Personal Author(s) : Ziller,Robert C.

Report Date : FEB 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 77

Abstract : 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)

Descriptors :   (*PERSONALITY, TRANSFORMATIONS), (*BEHAVIOR, THEORY), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), THERAPY, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, TRAINING, GROUP DYNAMICS, PROBABILITY

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE