Many people resist change for fear of the unknown. This goes for positive and negative change. We can resist change by seemingly accepting it, but then still holding onto “old ways” and rebelling against new ways of doing things. Resistance has some use, like protecting us that something risky might be happening. Also, it diminishes our sense of control. We can manage these emotions by using EI to address feelings, develop self-awareness, and hold on to the idea that we’ll eventually adapt.
- Many of us react differently to change. While others actively resist it and do not want it, others actively seek it and have passion for it.
- A lot of research has been posted online about how people react to change and several models have been put forward on how to cope with it.
- When people resist change, they are saying one thing and that is they are afraid of the unknown even with all the information that exists out there.
“I bought my first home last year and it was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. And the scariest. I wanted to buy a home, I wanted to move out of my current place, and I wanted to finally decorate my home my way.”