1) What is change?
Change means different things to various individuals. Personally, change is a
continuous journey of transformation. Although this journey is experienced differently it
can lead to similar outcomes such as, new experiences and Individual growth. To better
understand the journey of change, it needs to be visualized as a system consisting of these
three levels, thoughts, feelings and behaviors. To prepare for change, an individual has to
promote self awareness by understanding thoughts, feelings and behaviors pertaining
2) Does change occur only through thought?
Since change is a system and thought is a building block of that system, change
does not occur only through thought, but as an element of thought. I considered thought as
the first level of change due to the fact that, the individual needs to comprehend the meaning
of change. This can be accomplished through thought, by taking into account the
advantages or disadvantages, and the necessity or possibility of change. This stage also
enables an individual to form their own opinion about the process of change without
making a formal decision. The journey of thought is of great significance, since it enables
the individual to mentally view and consider the change in conjunction with their beliefs.
For change to begin, an individual undergoes a mental thought process, this procedure
helps the individual formulate ideas on how this change will affect them.
3) Does change occur only through feelings?
The next level of the change system is the individuals feelings and this is just
another building block to change so it does not occur only through thought. This is also an
important aspect of the system because the individual is either associating or dissociating,
therefore this stage can promote of inhibit the change process. In this stage of change the
individual is seeking knowledge and understanding in regards to their feelings about
change. By understanding and being aware of one's feelings, one can determine the cause
of such feelings and work toward a solution. Regardless of the clients views towards
change, as long as they recognize their feelings towards the situation, they will be better
equipped to promote or inhibit their journey towards change.In this phase the therapist
helps the client explore their feelings about this journey, because any form of change if not
understood can be scary to anyone. Once this feelings are explored and understood,the
client is ready to proceed to the next step.
4) Does change occur only through behavior?
Change cannot occur only through behavior since, it is part of a system. Behavior
helps an individual determine their response to change, their actions towards it and if their
behavior is congruent to change. I chose to discuss behavior last because, the action can be
a sort of...