#039: 5 Reasons Why We Don’t Want to Change (Podcast)

dont want change

In 2010, a study by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology was done that revealed people’s fear of change. Students were given a choice between a typical curriculum and a new curriculum. Though the new curriculum required much less work, time and time again, the students chose the more typical curriculum — especially when they were told this curriculum had been around for 100 years. I believe this study reveals an innate truth that applies to every one of us: We crave the known and fear the unknown. On today’s show, I’m going to discuss the five main reasons why we fear and resist change.

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Discussion Recap

We don’t want to change because…

  • It isn’t important to us
  • It requires risk
  • We like what’s familiar
  • We desire other things more than we desire change
  • It takes a lot of hard work

Episode Resources

Change is Easy, Getting There Isn’t

To read more about the 2010 study on resistance to change, check out:

Science Direct

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