When Do Persons Change Their Behaviors?
Conditions Facilitating Change
- Persons tend to change when they have participated in the decision to change.
- Persons tend to support change they help design; they tend to resist change they do not help design.
- Persons tend to change when they are convinced that rewards for change exceed the pain of change.
- Persons tend to change when they see others changing, particularly when the change direction is supported by valued persons.
- Persons tend to change more readily in an environment free from threat and judgment.
- Persons tend to change more readily when they have the competencies, knowledge, or skills required by the change.
- Persons tend to change to the degree they trust the motives of the person or persons attempting to induce change.
- Persons tend to change more readily if they are able to influence reciprocally the person or persons who are attempting to influence them.
- Persons tend to change to the degree that they see the change has been successful, especially if they are able to gather data for themselves.
- Persons tend to change in a series of small steps rather than a total change in their way of life.
- Persons tend to maintain change to the degree that the change is supported by the environment.
- Persons tend to maintain change if there is a public commitment to the change.
- Persons tend to resist change to the degree that they feel it is imposed on them.
- It is tempting, and fun (and so easy) to suggest changes for others; it is difficult to be willing to change oneself.
Joseph C. Bentley