Systems Don’t Like to Change


I am not going to define what ‘systems’ are, but merely acknowledge their existence.

Couples, families, communities, teams and workplaces are examples of systems.

Affect one part of a system and it shows up in another part.Sytems are interdependent.

I observed that systems develop and evolve behaviours- ways of dealing with issues that become very consistent. To change these responses is not easy, or in many cases, not considered desirable. Interestingly, even when a behaviour is not working well, or when people, events and times have  significantly changed to warrant altering, the system wants to keep on  doing things in the same old way- it resists change.

In this world, CHANGE  is what keeps us fresh and innovative.


But more often than not most of us prefer familiarity in any aspect of our lives. We feel that familiarity helps us spontaneously with every detail of our work, love, and life.

In my own way of thinking, I see it as systems do not like to get into unfamiliar, uncharted waters.

Just look at the system -schoolwork site.

Educators apply the same methods they have always used, even though these methods don’t work with today’s kids, kids who fight back rather aggressively.

Sometimes, and unfortunately with systems- CHANGE   often occurs only when we are pushed, when are forced through traumatic events to examine ourselves and explore  new ways of dealing with old issues.

I would love to see systems embrace change- open up, see other possibilites, ideas and methods, and not wait .

And what do I or  we say about these things?

Do I or we stand on the sideline and perpetuate the situation or I or we  will rise up and get involved?

I guess I am doing the latter in my own simple, uncomplicated  way that may appear insignificant to others in the schoolwork site.

Just a piece of my thought this morning. 🙂



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. darbs
    Sep 19, 2009 @ 04:54:24

    Educators apply the same methods they have always used, even though these methods don’t work with today’s kids, kids who fight back rather aggressively.


    Do you know what they do to the kids who don’t conform?

    Put them to detention and MEDICATE THEM! and put them to therapy.

    When these kids go back to the classroom, they became zombies.

    Easy solution rather than finding ways to enhance their inner potentials.

    Reason: Lack of budget.

    Everybody is happy.

    Pharma companies have their profits.
    Counselors maintained their jobs.
    Psychiatrists have their patients.
    Teachers have their medicated students sitting quietly in the corner like zombies.

    One more sigh…

  2. dFish
    Sep 16, 2009 @ 08:15:19

    Concise, thoughtful essay on system and change! I see another side of your incisive mind, wearing the robe of a social psychologist. I agree, systems are interdependent, and any change or resistance against it is felt by the parts. Systems that are more open to change, though may appear vulnerable and chaotic from the outside, do actually enjoy more space for individuals to move, often with innovative ideas for the system’s development. I guess you are peeking at those spaces to impact your system even if insignificantly on the surface.

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