4 Phases of an Old Paradigm Naysayer

There are four phases naysayers go through when trying to unseat an old paradigm belief:

 
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1) Denial – If you are right, then I will have to do a lot of examining of some lifelong beliefs.  I’ve invested so much ego into this old belief, it is much easier to just deny this supposition as nonsense and move on.

 

 

 

 
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2) Anger – As this new information persists, I will defend my old position with firmness, even anger and will not be swayed despite what the facts say.  I have too much invested in my old belief.

 

 

 

 

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3) Outrage – I am so annoyed and enraged with the possibility that this new information will uproot my lifelong beliefs, I will attack the very persons who are dishonoring my old beliefs with truth. I will even slander, disparage and threaten anyone who tries to uproot my beliefs.

 

 

 

4) Acceptance – OK.  Heavier than air machines CAN fly, horseless carriages DO have a future, my old beliefs WERE unfounded, my EGO got in the way of the truth, etc.shutterstock_47832823-e1422046890240-1024x474 4 Phases of an Old Paradigm Naysayer

 

What other stages can you think of? Please let us know your thought in the comments section below.

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