081116_1All change carries with it the risk of the unknown and the unexpected. Some find this exciting and welcome the challenge. Others go down the path of change reluctantly, dragging their heels all the way. But, as songwriter Johnny Rivers said, “The only thing that’s permanent is change.” A conscious, developed awareness of our response to change can help us develop better coping strategies.

Answer the following questions to find out how you cope with change. You won’t be scored at the end, but answer true or false to the following questions, and elaborate a bit on those that feel especially relevant.

False 1. I hesitate to make a change until everything is 100 percent right.
False 2. I never make changes unless they are forced on me.
False 3. Generally, I look forward to change as exciting and challenging.
False4. I’m the kind of person who has to be totally fed up before I’ll make any changes.  
 TrueFalse5. When confronted with a change over which I have little control, I review the events and my behavior to determine if I could have done anything differently.   
 TrueFalse6. Rather than feeling responsible for negative changes that come out of nowhere, I take responsibility for my reaction to them.
 TrueFalse7. I realize that sometimes even “good” changes have an underside that may bring unexpected problems.
 TrueFalse8. I realize that a positive change in one area of my life won’t smooth out all my problems.
 TrueFalse9. When coming to terms with a major change in my life, I attempt to keep other changes to a minimum.
 TrueFalse10. When a change or transition occurs, I review how I have handled other such events in my life for lessons on how to cope in this event.
 TrueFalse11. I look for other people who have undergone similar changes as models for how I might better cope with the change in my life.
 TrueFalse12. During a time of change, I ask for help and support from those close to me, reliable friends and outside professionals.
 TrueFalse13. After a life change, I step back from the situation to get perspective and rest in order to regain a sense of balance.
 TrueFalse14. I try to look at the “big picture” of the change, and acknowledge mixed feelings I might have.
 TrueFalse 15. Rather than blaming or feeling victimized, when I’m caught in a change over which I have no control, I “pick myself up, dust myself off” and continue to move forward.
 TrueFalse16. I don’t hold onto the “way things used to be,” but instead move into “the way things are.”
 TrueFalse17. In order to make a necessary change, I am willing to risk the disapproval and lack of support from others.
 TrueFalse 18. When something positive happens for someone that might change our relationship, I don’t let my fears get in the way of being supportive of that person.

If changes in your life are causing you difficulties, or if you need help in developing some skills to cope with change, don’t hesitate to ask for help. It would be my pleasure to help you work any concerns you have with change, so please call or email me.

2 Responses to “How Well Do You Cope With Change?”

  1. Thank you. Great quiz. Good timing for me. Especially for OCD, well really Over cautious department (aka me) . Good time to reflect on past and present behaviours. Intellectually understand and accept that change happens but at the time can feel like a storm is trying to tip my boat (yep even the small stuff, actually often it is the small to medium stuff I tend to over focus on the the big stuff I get a handle on PDQ. Thank again

  2. Pleased you enjoyed the quiz Rosheen. Sounds like you are going through a few changes! Good to take time out to review where you are at.

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