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Human Response To Change (Part I)
Human Response to Change. Know where you are on a curve. Learn how to cope with change and become more resilient.
Change – an event that disrupts our routine and alters our way of acting. Our online coaching programs support people going through change and transformation – either in their personal lives or in their careers. This is the first of a series of Change and Transformation related articles that we will post here in our blog.
Today, we would like to walk you through the fundamental coping process that kicks in when we face change, and how the knowledge about it can help us to strengthen our own resilience.
COVID is Change that leads to Transformation
Covid is more than a change, it’s a transformation. It impacts the whole world, and it is fundamentally impacting our lives: The way we work, the way we live and the way we interact with each other. It modifies and reshapes our behaviors, beliefs, and assumptions for good and all – slowly and steadily. And this is the transformational character of it.
Who would have thought that the outbreak of COVID-19 would develop into a pandemic, and that it would take so long? Can we go back to the lives we used to live before?
Due to events that are happening around the world we need to live with the unknown, though we are all longing desperately for control and predictability. And this is draining, no doubt!
Day by day, every one of us is trying to cope and to adapt to a COVID-driven environment (and there are many more drivers indeed) that is characterized by limitation, uncertainty, unpredictability, and ambiguity. In the pandemic during one day, we did experience a full range of emotional highs and lows while trying to get our heads around how to live our lives in an unsteady world that is constantly shaken by sudden groundbreaking news and unexpected developments. These could be news about vaccine limitation, new virus mutations, new travel restrictions, new outbreaks, new lockdown measures, etc. If we are honest with ourselves, it sometimes felt like a punch in our face when we hear these updates. BAAAAHM …. And then the emotions started to run wild! Like being on a roller coaster …
Natural Human Reaction to Change
However, does this emotional process feel familiar and relatable to you? Like it’s not the first time you experience it? What you experience is the natural human response. It is a common coping process, but usually a very personal and individual one
The common change process was first documented and described by the psychiatrist, humanitarian and hospice pioneer Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in 1969 in her publication ‘On Death & Dying’, where she wrote about the ‘5 Stages of Death’. Since then, this process became adopted into the generic ‘Kübler-Ross Change Curve®’ .
So why is it worth and essential to know about the change curve and the natural human response to change?
Know Your Curve to Build Resilience
Knowing and relating to the common human reaction to change allows us to better understand our own, personal coping process when facing it – and the personal coping process of others in our close environment.
- It helps to strengthen your own resilience and coping capability.
- It helps to learn and accept that many things are out of your control range.
- It helps to learn and accept that being emotional when facing change is fine – since it’s a natural coping process.
- And it helps us to acknowledge and reflect on the experienced emotional turmoil when impacted by a sudden change.
This is a very important step to get an outside look on your situation. Allow yourself reflection time to ask yourself where you are with your emotions (High-Low, still denial or already exploring new solutions?). Once you can map out which phase you may be in on the change curve, you can take counter actions to help you moving forward smoother – or to support others or influence for change.
In the next blog post, we will continue with the change curve and discuss in detail how to support yourself and others in the different emotional phases of it. You will learn who to counter act and influence for change in different situations.
On top, you might like to check out our Change Influencer Programs. The online programs will help you to build the understanding and skill set to support and influence for change.
See you soon! Stay safe, healthy, and optimistic!
Melanie & Angelika
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