Resistance to Change Questionnaire

Based on: Resistance to change questionnaire. (n.d.). Retrieved from

                I attempted to determine my resistance to change today.  Going through the questions, I realize that over the years I have become more willing to change, accept feedback, and change my mind rather than sticking to the same ideas.  However, as I’ve grown older, I also realize that I just want to be left alone most of the time, so if there is a change that thrust me into a social situation, I will become uncomfortable.

                After attempting to take the test using the online form three times, I realized that I must be an anomaly since the site returned “a. Ta is undefined.”

                Taking the self-scored test, I found that although I have very low cognitive rigidity, I do want routine and would prefer to stay doing roughly the same thing from day to day.  I am not extremely upset when plans change, but it can be mildly annoying.  I love doing and trying new things, but I want to seek out the adventure, not have my life changed for me.  Routine seems to be important to me.  I am excited to see how easily I am willing to change my mind and accept other ideas.  To me, that is important because I was not always like that.

                Looking at these results, I agree with them.  As I grow older, I think routine will be even more important, and my willingness to change my plans will lessen.  I hope that I will still be openminded to new ideas.  All of the areas tested in this brief test seem accurate.  I am in the middle of the road for the most part except for cognitive rigidity.

                In the past, I have resisted change more often than not.  I believe that openness to change is a new thing due to recent life events.  Feedback, when I was younger, was also more difficult to take.        Now that I am older, I realize that I am wrong most of the time, so feedback is important for improvement.  One time that I resisted change recently was when being asked to move to a 1099 contractor position at my company.  To me, this was a huge change and a loss of stability, loss of benefits, without any additional reward.  It was scary.  I waited in denial, hoping the company would change its mind.  It was hurtful because I thought that if the company valued me, they would keep me on as a full-time employee (FTE) rather than a 1099.  In hindsight, that was all true, but I did not need to be afraid of the change.  My resistance was out of fear, which was valid.  In reality, my life has not changed much from where it was before.  Although there is less stability and no benefits, my day-to-day work life is exactly the same.


Resistance to change questionnaire. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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