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What is Our Emotional Response to Change?

The Emotional Response to Change (ODR, 1989)

The Emotional Response to Change

Facebook changed its format again last week didn’t that annoy you? Let me guess, were your reactions something like this?

“It was it was great before, now it’s just a mess, it was perfect, why did they need to change it? Right, that’s it, I’m going to open a Google+ account! This is all such a huge hassle. If I keep my Facebook account I’m going to have to work out how to use these new so-called features.”

If this is similar to what you thought last week when you saw your “new improved” Facebook account then I sympathize. I felt the same. So too, did a lot of my friends; there were lots of witty posts about how annoying it was. Then, last evening I logged on and I actually found that the new news feed on the right hand side was pretty good and I thought, hey maybe this isn’t so bad. I might just learn to like it.

The above graphic shows our negative response to change. Next time you’re in the workplace and you’re trying to bring about change, you might like to consider this chart, perhaps even show it to your colleagues. I think it’s a pretty accurate representation of our emotional response to change and it made me laugh the first time I saw it.

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. First time here. Excellent site. Great post.

    October 2, 2011
    • Thanks Alonzo for your positive comments; much appreciated.

      October 11, 2011

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