Carly Jackson, Clinical Psychologist
When asked to write this piece I noticed I was initially drawn to the idea of googling the definition of ‘Change’ as a starting point. But I asked myself, “actually, isn’t change different for everyone?”.
I am not claiming I am an expert on Change; but I have experienced Change in my life; we all have. I believe that what Change is, depends on the meaning someone makes of the Change event or experience. We are the experts of our own experience of Change. Holding this in mind I offer some personal reflections on what Change means to me, and what I have noticed about Change in my role as a Clinical Psychologist who supports others in times of distress.
I believe Change is an individual experience. For example, some people announce they like Change, and others never want Change to happen. I am curious as to what allows people to experience different relationships with Change. I wonder if Change feels more comfortable when we perceive more control over it? Or when we perceive holding more power than the process of Change itself?
But, isn’t Change happening around us, or to us, all the time? If so, how do we cope or manage or not even notice this? Why can Change sometimes be sneaky like this?