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Why is Change For Most People a Bad Thing?

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Whether you are starting up a new sport, or joining a new club, some of us are born with the gut wrenching pain everytime we go through a change. But what is change? Google defines it as to, “make or become different,” as in it is something that starts and stops in our life. Why does change negatively affect most of us? Shouldn’t something new into people’s lives be welcoming? “[It’s because] humans become comfortable with the familiar, and there seems to be a secure pattern of life associated with it. The uncertainty that comes with a new order brings discomfort. It is human nature to seek comfort and security; and the sustenance of habits that seems to preserve both” fictional writer Feyisayo Anjorin says.  Change can lead to loss of control it “interferes with autonomy and can make people feel that they’ve lost control over their territory. It’s not just political, as in who has the power. Our sense of self-determination is often the first things to go when faced with a potential change coming from someone else” Rosabeth Moss Kanter says in a paper she written called, “Ten Reason People Resist Change”, published by the Harvard Business Review. Another reason Kanter says people resist change is because it “is meant to bring something different…We are creatures of habit. Routines become automatic, but change jolts us into consciousness, sometimes in uncomfortable ways. Too many differences can be distracting or confusing.” And a recurring topic of why a person can possibly dislike change is that people fear the unknown, “Nothing is more frightening than a fear you cannot name,” says Cornelia Funke, in her story  Inkheart. If we can’t put a name on it, then most of us will see it as a threat, a primitive instinct that has kept us alive for many years. “We always vilify what we don’t understand”  Nenia Campbell, says in her story Horrorscape.

But is change really a bad thing? The fact is that change is generally a good thing to partake in. Sure change can lead to many difficulties some that can cost you quite a bit, but what is the point of living if you don’t go through change? Why should you get up if you already know what is going to happen, life would be meaningless without the thought of exploration, and science so many of us strive to solve. It is basic human instinct to understand the unknown, but it takes a particularly smart cookie to know there is always more to learn. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” – Alan Watts a British-born American philosopher, writer, and speaker. Change is part of life, and “If you don’t like [it], change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” Maya Angelou  American author, poet, and civil rights activist says. If you don’t live with change, change will live with you.

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Why is Change For Most People a Bad Thing?