changing behaviour

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The following are necessary for change to occur:

  • Dissatisfaction with the present pattern of behaviour must be great enough to motivate change

  • An alternative pattern of behaviour must be possible and acceptable

  • Emotional commitment to the new pattern over the old ways must exist

  • Practice and feedback of the new behaviour establish the new pattern as an available option

  • Habituation and support of the new behaviour must continue in the normal home and work situation

Fabb and Fleming - quoted in J Murtagh:Gen Practice 1e 1994

Last reviewed 01/2018