Why do people hate change



  • 1 Opening the door for bad things

    Most people feel comfortable doing what they have always been doing. For them, change opens the door to bad possibilities that they might not be able to tolerate. A person might think that change might lead to bad things routine was preventing.

  • 2 People hate uncertainity

    Change means facing the uncertain. Most people prefer to stick to the things they know. Most people have uncertainty and prefer to do the things that always worked for them without taking any risks.

  • 3 They are too afraid to step out of their comfort zones

    Fear is one of the most common reasons for hatred of change. Most people are too afraid to step out of the familiar environment they have always been living in and so they hate change (See why do people remain in their comfort zones).

  • 4 Fear of failure

    Some people hate change because they are afraid to fail. By trying something new, those people risk failing, whereas the methods they have always used prevent them from taking such a risk.

  • 5 People prefer to stick to the crowd

    Most people fear walking alone in a different path. Because the majority of people usually hate change, others join them in order not to be different. Some people prefer to walk with others in a certain path over walking alone in an uncertain one (See why you should never follow the crowd).

  • 6 They hate to lose control

    Change means loss of control. People who always want to be in control usually hate change because it puts them in a new environment that they have very little control over. Control freaks usually hate change.

  • 7 They hate to put more effort

    The old methods are usually easy and predictable. Change needs a lot of effort because it usually involves learning new things and practicing new skills. Most people hate to do more effort than the effort they usually put and that's why they hate change.

  • 8 Pessimism

    Pessimists usually hate change because they expect that the new changes will lead to worse outcomes. Such people prefer to stick to what they know to avoid any potential problems (See why are some people pessimistic).

  • 9 Some people hate to face reality

    To change, people need to admit that something needs to be changed. So many people hate to face reality and prefer to live in their own delusional world. Those people are the ones who usually resist change the most.

  • 10 They have anxiety problems

    Those who worry often or have anxiety problems dread uncertainty. They will go to great lengths to stay where they are and avoid going down a road that they don't have full control over.

  • 11 They don't understand how important it is

    When a person knows that routine can kill his business, make his skills obsolete or ruin his career, he is more likely to embrace change. Some people hate change simply because they don't have enough motivation to embrace it. This is why most people change when they face very serious problems.

  • 12 Fear of affecting their lifestyle

    Some people are very comfortable with their own lifestyles. This includes the activities they do on a certain day, the number of hours they work and the number of hours they sleep. Because change can sometimes result in changing lifestyles, so many people hate it.

  • 13 The process itself is considered painful

    Sometimes the main reason people hate change is that they don't want to go through a painful phase, even if it's a short one, before things become stable again. In such a case, the problem isn't with the change itself but with the intermediary phase preceding it.

  • 14 To maintain psychological balance

    Some people do certain things every day to help them maintain their psychological balance such as smoking. For those people, change can cause so much psychological instability and prevent them from living a comfortable life.