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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 25Anniversary Ed edition (11 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073820904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738209043
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Racine"" Journal Times", 3/3/11"Excellent."

"Racine"" Journal Times", 3/3/11
"Excellent."

"Cleveland"" Sun Messenger", 3/24/11 "Provid[es] an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process."

"Racine"" Journal Times," 3/3/11
"Excellent."

"Cleveland"" Sun Messenger," 3/24/11 "Provid[es] an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process."

"Racine"" Journal Times," 3/3/11
Excellent.

"Cleveland"" Sun Messenger," 3/24/11 Provid[es] an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process. "

About the Author

Formerly a professor of English, William Bridges made a shift to the field of transitional management in the mid-1970s; out of his workshops has grown a long career of consulting, lecturing, and helping others through transitions. He lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California.


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I've always taken a relentlessly positive approach to losses: if your job goes away (for whatever reason), find a new one promptly; if a romance goes phfft, go out and get involved in some activity where you'll meet new people; etc. I wouldn't let myself feel any negative emotions about the situation, let alone express them to anyone else ("I'm not a whiner," I told myself). However, after years of doing this, I realized that my life seemed to be getting narrower and duller. This book helped to show me why: having never dealt with the pain associated with previous transitions, I was subconsciously choosing the "safer" alternative rather than taking any risks that might lead to yet another painful loss.
Last year I was laid off from my job. This time I let myself experience the anger and feelings of betrayal that this aroused in me, and I expressed those feelings to my family and a few close friends. Interestingly, I found some short-term free-lance work almost immediately, then took a short vacation, and three weeks after I returned I had another job! I don't say it was cause and effect, but this was one of the less painful transitions I've gone through. This is a GREAT book.
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I think it is fabulous the way William Bridges "translated" what happens to all of us as we go through changes, into such an easy to understand model. It immediately made sense to me. As a consultant in Organization Development, I've been able to share his findings with people and organizations, since I first read this book, which was 1988. This is a must for anyone who is going through changes and/or is a change agent. It doesn't matter what country you are working in or where the people you are working with are from.
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In a recent survey, people were asked to list the most disturbing and disruptive things in their lives, and rank them according to difficulty to handle. It was seen that the highest proportion of difficulties involved transitions in people lives -- moving, new jobs, divorce, marriage, new child, death, etc. Surprisingly, there is not a great body of work dealing specifically with transitions and methods for coping and dealing with transitions in life. William Bridges provides a useful, accessible, and needed book on this important topic.
The book is divided into two broad topics: The Need for Change and The Transition Process. There is a brief epilogue following.
Part 1: The Need for Change
Americans seem, much more than people from more traditional, more grounded, and more static cultures, to always be in a state of transition, moving from one thing to another, both personally and professionally. This can be seen in the increasing pace of career-change, personal relocation, divorce and remarriage rates (which only scratch the surface of the larger transitional base of undocumented relationships), and so on. One could say that American culture is built upon constant transition (and some Marxists thought they were developing a system of institutionalised revolution -- they could probably never outdo modern American society for that!)
Being in transition is natural, but sometimes a confusing state, not simply because of the situational difficulties, but because they are not supposed to be difficult to handle.
`The big events -- divorce, death, losing a job, and other obviously painful changes -- are easy to spot.
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When I first saw this book I didn't really know what to expect. After all, it didn't have any deliberately sexy buzzword for a title, so it was difficult, ot first glance, to get a true flavour of its content without delving deeper. I was rather surprised at how much I enjoyed it and the effect it has had on my experiences ever since.

Transitions, despite its grand title, is simply about the inevitability of change, and most important, how we cope effectively with that change. The most powerful lesson I came away with was that we cannot begin anything new without concluding the old first. Otherwise we would be in limbo and everything would be unduly confusing, painful and traumatic. A simple premise, one would think, until one looks at the myriad of attempts by sensible human beings to do just the opposite of that!

In relationships, for example, many people hold on to the broken partnerships they had, trying to vainly move on, yet without concluding what they had. Naturally, the emotional costs in living in two worlds, yet not really belonging to one or the other, can be rather high. William Bridges shows a clear path in such emotional quagmires, focusing special attention on our family systems and how we deal with the interactions within them.

An easy to read, yet profound book, which should be essential for anyone who really wants to leave the past behind and truly move on with their life.
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I am a psychotherapist and often recommend Bridges' book for my clients who are in the midist of painful transitions, such as relationship breakup, career change, ending something and uncertain about what's next, etc. The concept of an "empty space" between ending the old and beginning the new is especially helpful.
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