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The Various Emotional Responses to Changes

BY: S Edwin | Category: Others | Submitted: 2010-03-02 07:34:28
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Article Summary: "Change is good and usually happens for the better, but there are various emotional responses to change and they are listed in this article..."


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When a person goes through a change in their life, there are a lot of emotional responses that occur in the person. The reasons for this are that no one likes change when they have been leading a comfortable life. A sudden change in the lifestyle of a person that is made by another person either as an individual or as an organization can cause a lot of emotional problems.

The various responses of a person to change are as follows:

1. Equilibrium:


There are some people who are in a state of equilibrium and they do not really get disturbed about the changes. They continue their work without any difficulty. This is n fact the best response from a person when there are changes happening in their professional or personal life.

2. Denial:

Denial is a defense mechanism and a negative response that occurs to change. The person who is not interested in the change will go into a shell and deny that a change has happened. The person needs counseling to make him understand that the change has indeed happened and it was absolutely necessary for the betterment of the individual or the organization.

3. Anger:

Anger is another method of acting out and is another negative response. This method is much better than denial because the person who is angry at the change has at least understood that a change has happened. Counseling on the positive outcomes of the change and the listing of the benefits of change are the best response to this emotional response.

4. Bargaining:

There are many people who tend to bargain and try to minimize the change. This is another method of not accepting the change. Bargaining can be beneficial at times because both the people involved in the bargain try to settle the change and make it amicable.

5. Chaos:

This is the most difficult thing that can occur during a change. There are many times when the change that occurs in the life of a person, either personal or professionally, results in utter chaos. This occurs mainly due to unplanned changes where the planning for the change as well as the consequences of the changes are not really thought about by the person implementing the change.

6. Depression:

Depression is again a negative sign, but this occurs due to the passive acceptance of the change that makes a person to have a negative attitude. This can result in decreased output from a worker who is depressed over a change that has occurred.

7. Resignation:

There are many times when a person resigns when there is a change in the government or in the management of the company. The reason for this is that changes can make the life miserable and the person tries to escape from the events that can follow a change by resigning.

These are the various events that can occur after a change has occurred. These emotional responses may be either positive or negative, but the response changes over a period of time as the other person gets adjusted to the change.

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