Identifying and Overcoming Invisible Resistance to Change


It is easy to think of responses like avoidance, argumentativeness, dismissiveness, defensiveness, defiance, apathy, impulsiveness, and manipulation as resistance to change. However, additional blocking responses are often missed.

A Better Understanding of Resistance to Change

Before we knew more about the way the brain works and why people resist change, we understood that resistance to change comes up as a result of fear of the unknown, loss of control, and other aspects of the change itself that may minimize our autonomy. We understood that changes to aspects like our environment conditions, processes, work structure, or what is expected of us, will likely result in resistance because people don't appreciate having to let go of previous ways of doing things that feel more comfortable and safe. Neuroscience adds a new dimension to our ability to support and overcome resistance to change by identifying two additional causes for resistance to change.

Previously Invisible Causes for Resistance to Change:

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