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Why is change so scary?

  1. Sarah Masson profile image69
    Sarah Massonposted 7 years ago

    Why is change so scary?

  2. Jefsaid profile image72
    Jefsaidposted 7 years ago

    Confidence is familiarity which is borne of knowledge that takes time to acquire.  When things change, we need to start this process all over again and if change is rapid and continuous it can lead to ongoing anxiety.

  3. Right On Time profile image61
    Right On Timeposted 7 years ago

    Because as Jefsaid said (hey that rhymed), the status quo is familiar and unfamiliarity encourages anxiety = fear.

  4. minso profile image74
    minsoposted 7 years ago

    Any change is uncertain and any uncertainty is scary. So we tend to stay in the same state as we are, good or bad. It requires lot of energy to change ourselves, our habits, our environment, our job, anything for that matter and most people are not ready to invest the required energy because of the inherent fear of uncertainty (or of failure).
    To be successful, we need to accept and embrace change. We need to make change deliberate. This can be done by changing our attitudes in our life. If you see people who are very successful, they all have one thing in common, putting conscious efforts to make the change happen.

  5. L.L. Woodard profile image76
    L.L. Woodardposted 7 years ago

    Fear of the unknown has to be the biggest reason that change is scary. Even when you look to change as an opportunity or a challenge, there is still some anxiety or anticipation involved.

  6. Scribe For Hire profile image57
    Scribe For Hireposted 7 years ago

    Most people are fearful of stepping out of their comfort zone and into unchartered waters.

    Change is constant in our lives.  It happens whether we want it to or not.

    Better to have an open mind about it -- it might be much better in the long run.

  7. eye say profile image80
    eye sayposted 6 years ago

    We have not been taught as a society to think for ourselves and embrace change, we've been taught to accept things the way they are and that attitude has made wanting to make change in our lives very hard for many ... read more

  8. manatita44 profile image82
    manatita44posted 5 years ago

    It is related to the unknown. St. Paul was not in the least afraid of death. He said that he died daily. So to Ramana Maharshi. When we have been through the experience, it holds no more fears.
    I am always upbeat, but there was a time when I read so much bad stuff about black people? based purely out of fear. Now life have moved on and many of those fears have diminished. We are also afraid of losing our jobs because naturally there are many bills to pay. Nothing is really wrong with all that I have said so far. We are all sojourners here, and it depends where we are at any given moment on the ladder of evolution, or if you like, along the road of our eternal journey.
    Still, the animal in us, or the law of survival, will ensure that we remain afraid, until our own inner and outer experiences, have made us stronger. Truly speaking, there is really not much to be afraid of, but then I am sometimes just as afraid as the next person. Let us all seek to cement our relationship with the Unafraid, and all will be well.

  9. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago

    It's a necessary but dreaded thing. It's quite essential for eventual growth & development.Although it can be quite beneficial, it's ONE aspect that many people DON'T wish to face.What IS it? Change. read more

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      gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

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