Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition Paperback – 11 Aug 2004
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"Racine"" Journal Times", 3/3/11"Excellent."
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"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
"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
"Cleveland"" Sun Messenger," 3/24/11 Provid[es] an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process. "
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does exactly what it says on the tin! Change is not transition and this book explains the difference so clearly. An excellent readPublished 2 months ago by Julia
I wish I had read it 10 months earlier when I started being challenged with my transition and I could not explain why I was feeling a certain way with all these changes whilst... Read morePublished 4 months ago by eV_Lon
I first read this book when my post was made redundant and I was pushed into early retirement. It's very helpful in taking stock and looking forward, so my second purchase was so... Read morePublished 12 months ago by rwdm