Transitions: Making Sense Of Life's Changes

Whether switching jobs or moving house, leaving school or retiring, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Most of us struggle through such periods. This classic book shows how making a successful transition lets you recognize and seize new opportunities.Transitions has helped hundreds of thousands of readers to cope with changes by providing a road map of the transition process. With the understanding born of experience, William Bridges takes us step by step through the three stages of transition:Endings. Recognize endings as opportunities as well as losses, and even celebrate them with rituals designed to open new doors.The Neutral Zone. In this seemingly unproductive “time-out,” we feel disconnected from the past and emotionally unconnected to the present. The most frightening stage of transition, the Neutral Zone is really an important time for reorientation.The New Beginning. A successful transition requires more than persevering: it means launching new priorities. Understand the external and internal signs that point the way to your future.

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By Alexis (Canada) · ★★★★★ · October 21, 2008
This little book is one of the first that I've read that deals with all the psychological and relational shifts involved in a state of transition or change. I wish I'd read this earlier in my life.

This could be read by anyone who has left school, gotten married, lost a partner, changed jobs or ca... ...more
By Bernice (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · October 26, 2007
Our area received this book from AVR. Every section I read has been helpful during my time of transition. He just names the feelings and experiences I've been having and makes me feel less crazy. I'd recommend it to anyone in the midst of transition.

I just finished the book yesterday. I'd say th... ...more
By Susan (The United States) · ★★★★★ · April 08, 2014
This is a book for anyone living a life. It is only "self help" in that it gives you a clearer idea of what change and transition are. With this clarity, one gains a great deal more patience with themselves and others in transition. I read this in the midst of processing a spouses death, but will... ...more
By Virlys (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · April 27, 2014
Transitions are inevitable...and often unsettling, frightening, or confusing--even when the transition is overall a positive one. I retired a few months ago, and someone helping me transition from busy teacher to retiree suggested that this book might be helpful. It was. I had looked forward to m... ...more
By Ev (Elmhurst, IL) · ★★★★★ · April 05, 2014
I found this to be a very insightful book, describing the stages involved with major life transitions. As Bridges describes these, they could be internal as well as external transitions. Having lived through many life transitions myself, I found that his description of these stages rang true for... ...more
By Michael (San Diego, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 04, 2014
This book was one of the recommendations to me while going through my divorce. I was also very active in teaching change management classes in corporate America.

Frankly, this book helped me to put a simple yet profound framework around the process of change. Equally important was the revelation... ...more
By Dave (Southfield, MI) · ★★★★☆ · July 26, 2014
Pretty good book so far... ...more
By Rebecca (Raleigh, NC) · ★★★★☆ · September 14, 2014
As most of you know, I generally detest "self-help" books, mostly because I think most of them are filled with a lot of goobedly-gook. But, this book really had a message with a life changing message. If you don't want to read the book, here is the gem I gleaned from it:
"In order to move on with... ...more
By John · ★★★☆☆ · July 04, 2014
As a man blindly careering toward a midlife crisis, I was interested to read a book that sought to explain how people transition from one life phase to another.

I was particularly intrigued to learn how to do so in a healthy and reasonably normal way (not that I ever aspire to normality, but as I'... ...more
By Emily (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · August 29, 2012
I do not usually read books that might fall under the category if self-help. I will read fiction and poetry and reflect on how it relates to my life, but I do not turn to non-fiction for help. However, I am very appreciative that a friend lent me Transitions in order to help me through my big mov... ...more