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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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THEORY OF TRANSITION: WILLIAM BRIDGES

William Bridges offers a second useful theory to describe the human response to change. In describing the change cycle, Bridges’s theory (1991) maps neatly onto the Kübler-Ross framework. He makes the point that there is a difference between the formal or external change and the psychological or internal change. The psychological change always takes longer. For example, a client may be told on a particular date that his job will be going, but it may take him some weeks, or longer, to accept that this is the reality. Bridges defines three phases of transition: ending, the neutral zone, and the new beginning. Each is inevitable and necessary, though the time taken to pass through them may vary.

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