Changes occur all the time – it is a natural and inevitable process of our life. Everything is changing around: we can observe us getting older, our kids growing, our body changing, our attitude to our partners, friends and parents getting different. We always find something new in the surrounding world – as everything in it is being a subject to changes.
Still the human nature is arranged so, that any changes cause us to feel resistance or rejection, as they become a sort of stress to our world. Any intrusion of something new into our life is accompanied by disillusionment – we are afraid to lose control over circumstances. Basically, people resist not to changes themselves, but to their sequences – we are not sure in the results of these changes and in their influence upon our well-established life, in new emotional states, feelings and conclusions.
Changes themselves are neither positive, nor negative. What matters in acceptance of changes is how we treat them – our reactions, conclusions and dominating emotions. Actually this lets these changes come into our life impact it in a positive or negative way. To let us ride out all life moments and face the future, it is necessary to percept changes as a natural course of life – fill it with a new meaning, feelings and emotions, and live our lives as a mystery and be less afraid and anxious.
There are many theories, techniques, practices related to this issue. Here, we are calling your attention to a summarized version of change perception stages concept.
5 stages of changes, or how our change perception undergoes five sequential stages.
1 stage – Rejection, or “No, it can’t be so”.