In this paper we will discuss how the Immunity to Change (ITC) and the Constructivism Developmental Theory (CDT) can be used in service of personal and spiritual evolution. We will look at an ITC map and the data generated by it and then reflect upon this information. To do this we start by introducing the terms of ITC and CDT and how we can make use of them to support our developmental growth. Furthermore, we are going to explore my personal ITC map and how working with it, through the lens of CDT, has led me to an adaptive change, to my personal growth and evolution.
Immunity to Change is one of CDT ‘s (Constructivism Developmental Theory) most powerful tools and it can be used by anyone, regardless of their interests, be them personal or professional. It helps in uncovering the hidden commitments and motivations that stop us from achieving our goals. It brings to light our Big Assumptions and enables us to hold them as Object rather than just be ran by them. Using the ITC map reveals to us not only what has been holding us back but also gives us a chance to come up with clear, objective goals and actions that can lead to a developmental, adaptive change rather than a technical one.
CDT studies the way we make and understand meaning or knowledge that either In-Forms us or Trans-Forms us. It looks at HOW we perceive and see the world around us lieu of the WHAT is being perceived. Constructivist part of CDT posits that “persons or human systems are constitutive of experience. We constitute reality, we don’t just copy reality” and that “every single moment of your life you choose what you pay attention to and what you disregard” (Kegan, 2014). The Developmental part supports the idea that we constantly change on all levels and aspects of our lives and, according to Garvey-Berger (1999) this “isn't a matter of simply waiting for nature to take its course” (p. 1) but rather a dynamic process in which “the systems by which people make meaning grow and change over time” (p. 1). As such, it proposes the idea that we are all developmentally different having “qualitatively different ways of constructing reality” (p. 2). These stages of development are called Orders of Mind and each superior Order of Mind contains within it the previous one.
As someone who considers himself on a path of personal and spiritual development this comes to confirm my own personal discoveries, that we all have our own relative truths, our choices and/or personal vantage points, on which we build our meaning of the world. These choices change over time as we ourselves change and grow, constantly shifting our views based on our experiences, on our mental, emotional and spiritual development.
As I was building my ITC map (Appendix), I started to think of the different things I was doing and not doing that were stopping me from feeling as spiritual as I wanted to feel. This perception was based both on how I personally conceived of the idea of “spiritual” as...