Fear & the Real Roots of Change Resistance - from the Five Basic Fears, Albrecht | Change Management Resources | Scoop.it

"Author Dale observes how three of Karl Albrecht's core fears 'We All Live By' are directly related to change resistance."

Naming things correctly is powerful, especially when dealing with change resistance.


Author DALE ARSENEAULT comments on the recent Psychology Today blog post by Karl Albrecht, on the root fears that drive all others from his compact post, The (Only) Five Basic Fears We All Live By.  


....core fears are directly related to change resistance.      




Karl helpfully includes what fear is:   An anxious feeling, caused by our anticipation of some imagined event or experience.


Dale observes how three of Karl's described core fears are directly related to change resistance.


  • Loss of Autonomy - fear of being immobilized, paralyzed, restricted, enveloped, overwhelmed, entrapped, imprisoned, smothered, or controlled by circumstances. In a physical form, it's sometimes known as claustrophobia, but it also extends to social interactions and relationships.
  • Separation - fear of abandonment, rejection, and loss of connectedness - of becoming a non-person - not wanted, respected, or valued by anyone else. The "silent treatment," when imposed by a group, can have a devastating psychological effect on the targeted person.
  • Ego-death - fear of humiliation, shame, or any other mechanism of profound self-disapproval that threatens the loss of integrity of the Self;  fear of the shattering or disintegration of one's constructed sense of lovability, capability, and worthiness.
Dale comments that good change strategy is not just about throwing more information at people.  It is about:
  • understanding the fear and dealing effectively with it.
  • communicate clearly about when change does not affect autonomy, separation (or connectedness) and integrity of the individual. 
  • being clear and transparent about instances where there is impact so people can make informed decisions, offering help as needed.

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