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Fisher’s transition curve (The Process of Transition – John Fisher, 2012) identifies eight stages in the following order:

  • anxiety (here there is a speech bubble asking ‘Can I cope?’
  • happiness (here there is a speech bubble saying ‘At last something’s going to change’)
  • fear (here there is a speech bubble asking ‘What impact will this have? How will it affect me?’)
  • threat (here there is a speech bubble saying ‘This is bigger than I thought!’)
  • guilt (here there is a speech bubble asking ‘Did I really do that?’)
  • depression (here there is a speech bubble asking ‘Who am I?’)
  • gradual acceptance (here there is a speech bubble saying ‘I can see myself in the future’)
  • moving forward (here there is a speech bubble saying ‘This can work and be good’).

There are also sub-stages that branch off from the main curve:

  • denial – this sub-stage branches away from happiness (here there is a speech bubble asking ‘Change? What change?’)
  • anger – this sub-stage branches away from happiness
  • disillusionment – this sub-stage branches away from threat (here there is a speech bubble saying ‘I’m off! … this isn’t for me!’)
  • hostility – this sub-stage branches away from depression (here there is a speech bubble asking ‘I’ll make this work if it kills me!!’)
  • Complacency – this sub-stage is greyed out. It begins at anxiety and continues all the way to moving forward.

 4 Resilience and change