Career Change: Moving Up, Moving On, Moving Out (Part 3)

Our understanding of the psychology of transition was born in studies of bereavement, especially the work of Kubler-Ross[1], first published in 1969. People going through workplace transition experience the five stages of grief. The stages are 1-denial, 2-anger, 3-bargaining, 4-depression, 5-acceptance. The psychology of grief was then applied to the Peace Corp to help deal with culture shock.[2] The worksheets are still in use today. Indeed, for people going through transition in the work place, it feels like culture shock, which is also described in stages.[3] Within a decade the application was made to career transitions.[4]

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