The Habit Change Workbook

How to Break Bad Habits and Form Good Ones

James Claiborn, Ph.D. and Cherry Pedrick, R.N.

The Habit Change Workbook was published in 2001 by New Harbinger Publications. We’d like to tell you more about this valuable resource book. Below is an overview of The Habit Change Workbook

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Are your negative habits taking over your life? Have you tried and failed, again and again, to lose weight? Do you struggle with nail biting or skin picking, or perhaps hair pulling (trichotillomania)? Are poor sleep habits interfering with your sleep? Is gambling ruling your life? Are such habits as tardiness, procrastination, or dishonesty interfering with your relationships? Do you spend hours surfing the Internet, watching TV, playing video games, or shopping? If these habits cause problems in your life, this book is for you! We will provide you with the skills necessary for making lifetime habit changes.

The Habit Change Workbook is not intended as a substitute for medical, psychiatric, or psychological treatment or advice by a qualified health professional. It is intended to help people who would like to change the following types of habits:

         Nervous habits such as skin picking and nail biting, and disorders such as trichotillomania (hair pulling)

         Habits that lead to sleeping problems, such as insomnia and nightmares

         Habits that can adversely affect health and fitness, such as not exercising enough, eating an unbalanced diet, and avoiding going to the doctor or getting recommended screening tests

         Habits that can adversely affect relationships, such as lying, procrastinating, engaging in perfectionism, interrupting, using profanity, and being tardy

         Excessive leisure activities,  such as Internet use, television watching, and video game playing  

         Excessive shopping and spending  

         Problem gambling

The Habit Change Workbook is divided into four parts. Part I will help you understand how habits are formed and it will help you begin assessment of the habits in your life. Part II is the core of the book. We will give you step-by-step instructions to guide you through the Habit Change Program. Throughout the book, but especially in these chapters, you will be asked to answer questions and complete charts. Each step builds on the previous step. Information gathered in the first chapters will be used in subsequent chapters, so be prepared to put pen or pencil to paper and work the program, from start to finish. Escaping bothersome habits will be your reward.

Part III provides detailed instructions for eliminating specific habits. You will learn powerful strategies for dealing with a wide range of troublesome habits. We also show you how to develop more rewarding and productive habits. Part IV will help you reach out to others as you struggle with habit changing. Family and friends can play important roles in the process of change. A support group may help you get rid of harmful habits by providing education and helping you feel less alone in your struggle. Finally, we introduce you to resources that can assist you as you work to change your habit.


James M. Claiborn, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New Hampshire, where he specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Counseling Psychology, a Fellow of the Academy of Counseling Psychology, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Visit Dr. Claiborn’s website at

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Cherry Pedrick RN is a registered nurse and freelance writer in Lacey, Washington. In 1994 she was diagnosed with OCD, which began an intensive search for knowledge, effective treatment, and management of compulsive behaviors. She is coauthor of The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, The Habit Change Workbook: How to Break Bad Habits and Form New Ones, and The BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions, Helping Your Child with OCD, A Workbook for Parents of Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family, published by New Harbinger Publications; and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders, published by Lerner Press. Visit her website at

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