Change


1. Change is the powerful word. It ignites surrounding, it moves the process to be different, it transpires the act of transitioning individual in the organization. The change would never happen with a static mentality, rigid ideology, and monocular worldview.

2. Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) is a father of social psychology. He introduced Change Theory. According to him, the behavior is the end result of a dynamic balance of forces working in opposing directions. The first force is called driving force. Driving forces are forces that push in a direction that causes the change to occur in the desired direction. The second force is restraining force. The restraining forces are forces that counter driving forces. These forces hinder changes because they push in the opposite direction. The winner will create a new equilibrium i.e. a state of being where driving forces equal restraining forces.

3. The first stage in creating change is ‘unfreezing’ which is the process that involves finding a method of making it possible for people to let go of an old pattern that was unproductive. Unfreezing is necessary to overcome resistance and group conformity. Increase the driving forces and decrease the restraining forces can facilitate unfreezing.

4. Moving to the next level of change involve a process of change in thought, emotion, and behavior. Refreezing is establishing the change as a new habit so that it now becomes the SOP. It is easy to go back to the old ways if new habits are not fully established.

5. Lippitt, Watson, and Westley created a seven-step theory that focuses more on the role and responsibility of the change agent than on the evolution of the change itself. Lippitt’s Phases of Change Theory suggested 7 steps as below;

(a) Diagnose the problem.

(b) Assess the motivation and capacity for change.

(c) Assess the resources and motivation of the change agent. This includes the change agent’s commitment to change, power, and stamina.

(d) Choose progressive change objects. In this step, action plans are developed and strategies are established.

(e) The role of the change agents should be selected and clearly understood by all parties so that expectations are clear. Examples of roles are the cheerleader, facilitator, an expert.

(f) Maintain the change. Communication, feedback, and group coordination are essential elements in this step of the change process.

(g) Gradually terminate from the helping relationship. The change agent should gradually withdraw from their role over time. This will occur when the change becomes part of the organizational culture.

6. Prochaska and DiClemente’s Change Theory suggested that people pass through a series of stages when the change occurs. The stages are:

(a) precontemplation,

(b) contemplation,

(c) preparation,

(d) action, and

(f) maintenance.

7. Precontemplation exists when an individual is unaware or fails to acknowledge the problems without engaging in any change process activities. Individuals in this stage do not want to change their behavior and may insist that their behavior is normal. Contemplation exists when the individual raises the consciousness of an issue. Individuals in this stage are thinking about changing their behavior, but they are not ready to commit to the change process yet.

8. The next stage of Prochaska and DiClemente’s change theory is preparation. Preparation occurs when the individual is ready to change their behavior and plans to do so within the next two weeks. These individuals will need counseling, social support, and assistance with problem-solving during this stage of change. The action stage follows shortly thereafter. It is characterized by an increase in coping with behavioral change and the individual begins to engage in change activities. Finally, maintenance is the last stage of Prochaska and DiClemente’s change theory. In this final stage, actions to reinforce the change are taken coupled with establishing the new behavioral change to the individual’s lifestyle and norms. This stage may last six months up to the lifespan of the individual. Counseling to avoid relapses is necessary to ensure a successful long-term change.

(Based partly on the work of Alicia Kritsonis: Comparison of Change Theories, International Journal of Scholarly Academic Intellectual Diversity. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2004-05)

 

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Psychosocial Sciences and Wellness


1. Contribution from psychosocial sciences to human being start years back in late 1800. Pioneers like Jean Piaget, John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth and Eric Erikson have significant contributions to the knowledge of psychosocial sciences.

2. Human beings are social animals with character, personality, mindset, physical trait and spirit. Those elements form an intrinsic factor. To the contrary, extrinsic factor such as life event and life stressor contribute to the development of thought, emotion, and behavior.

3. Protective factors mediate collision effect, therefore, minimize the damage and put the effect under control.

4. We would never avoid life events; either becoming sick, poor and dying. Then, why human beings react differently when facing major life events?

5. The answer lies on how we cope with stressors; the state of our physical and psychosocial health.

6. Someone with good psychosocial health would be able to handle stressful situations, accept the mistake and commit to doing self-correction so much that he would become a better person in the future. He is able to control anger, hatred, stress, and anxiety.

7. Total wellness means looking at our life from biopsychosocialspiritual approach. The biological approach refers to keeping a healthy lifestyle, having adequate sleep, exercise at least 3 times per week, taking balanced diet and living in the clean and healthy environment.

8. The psychosocial approach includes the role of occupation, social networking and managing stress in regulating wellness. Spiritual approach refers to practicing religious routines, yoga, and meditation.

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