IntroductionThe Queen case study presents an accurate analysis of why change is important and why people find it difficult to adapt to change. It further suggests how one can accept change in a logical manner. Change is important to move forward in life. Had this not been the case, perhaps humans would have still been living in caves! However accepting change can be difficult as well as a time consuming process. In order to be successful in life it is imperative to accept change and mould ourselves according to the changing circumstances around us.
This report attempts to answer the questions pertaining to change based upon the reflections made in the Queen case study. Why individuals find change difficult to achieve: Accepting any personal change is perhaps the most difficult form of change to accept. The hurdles in achieving a personal change may range from personal apprehensions to the problems that one may face during the change process. For example, a person used to working on Windows may be extremely apprehensive to switching to another operating system. The reasons behind this reluctance could be the comfort level that the individual has developed for using Windows.
Also, the anxiety of how he would fare with the new system could be a deterrent in accepting the new change. Moreover, people find it extremely difficult to get over or modify the habits that they might have practiced for years together. These habits could be as simple as our getting up time every morning or more complex ones like our daily job routine. Mostly people would go to any length to resist any alteration to their everyday habits.
(Gloria Hamilten, Difficulty Accepting Change in the Workplace)This is what the Queen study refers to as being hard wired. Our preference for certain way of living may be so strong that we would be completely unwilling to even hear of may change to it. In other words, we are so much hard wired to our daily habits that our flexibility to accept change may be reduced to zero. As Jeffery Schwartz, author of The Mind and the Brain, and Sharon Begley, author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, have mentioned, these habits that individuals form are because of the training and experience that are 'hard wired' near the core of the brain.
These habits are performed naturally without effort or energy. On the contrary, efforts to bring in any modifications to these hard wired habits would require lot of conscious effort and energy. As suggested by the research, it is a common observation that whenever we are confronted with a situation that seeks change in some form, we would generally adapt an approach that is closest to our routine behaviour and offers maximum resistance to the required change. However, if we will ourselves to accept the change and accept it with full determination, achieving it would not be very challenging.
As Begley, a Wall Street Journal science writer demonstrates that if the brain of a blind person can rewire itself to hear more acutely, then on the same lines, other kinds of transformation are possible through brain 'rewiring'. An interesting example citing resistance to change is the character of Emily in William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily. ” Through the character of Emily, Faulkner demonstrates the consequences of staunch resistance to change.
Emily’s continual resistance towards change results in development of an ambivalent attitude towards her amongst the people around her. The same resistance, Faulkner elaborates, is the prime cause of her weird actions. In her resistance lies the explanation of why she murders her lover and why she never leaves her house. Her character is a perfect example to cite what resisting change can result in- destruction and failure.