The Macquarie Dictionary defines “change” as revolutionizing, substituting, altering, and modification.
Change is every shift that occurs in a person, in an environment, and in a state of any kind. On a community level change is occurring each and every day, socially, technologically, economically, environmentally and politically. These impact our lives in ways that we are rarely aware of.
Australia has undergone great social change such as: urbanization, the loss of religious belief, the influx of non-Anglo Australians, the rise in divorce rates and single parent families, the number of woman in the workforce, and so forth.Technology has gone full circle in recent decades. Not only including improvements in computers, the internet and cable and satellite television, but innovations such as the birth control pill, which “enlightened” women from the encumber of unexpected pregnancy. Economic change is not only on a community level but also on a personal level as it affects everyone’s life at some level.
Uproars like surges in redundancy, oscillations in the cost of fundamental commodities, and double income families on lifestyle and wages, are all major issues in everyday life.Environmental change is occurring each and every day including such things as the loss of bushland, disappearance of species, breakdown in the ozone layer, wastage of fossil fuels and salination, which are all serious issues of our community. Another area in our community that is continually changing is politics.As well as the more public pomposities there are subtle out of sight alterations in the power structure such as the empowerment of women and indigenous people, the acceptance and recognition of the civil rights of minority groups (ie. ays and lesbians) and the constant change in the balance between the rights of workers and the power of bosses. All these changes take place around us that impact us directly and indirectly.However, we also go through changes on a personal level, physically, emotionally and psychologically.
We all go through a life cycle, which causes us to continually change. As we mature physically in our unique life cycle from infancy (1-2), to childhood (3-10), then through adolescence (11-19) into adulthood (20+), we go through turbulent changes; the most significant of these is puberty, when we go through the biggest physical change.We not only change physically over time but we also change emotionally.
In childhood we are totally reliant on adults. They might be parents, teachers, family members etc. As children venture into the school years peer groups become a significant part of their life. Adolescence is commonly known as the path to self-independence. It is a time of significant change in ones life. Early adulthood is a time of increasing self-awareness, discovering the right job for your persona and in quest for a permanent partner.
Parenthood is commonly the next step in one’s life, this comes with its own set of emotional anxieties. Middle age is often differentiated by the loss of children, retirement, and change in relationship with ones parents, as they too grow older and become less self-reliant and more reliant on others. Old age is a period when you have shrinking prospects and you begin to recognize transience. The most major change in ones life is the emotional step from childhood to Adulthood.This evolves the shift from reliance on others to independence. We discover the ability to feel empathy and altruism. Children tend to be self-centered and rely greatly on their parents, other adults and their peers.
Although, as we grow older we become more attentive to others feelings and their needs. At its best, this growing aptitude for the empathy lays the fundamentals for firm adult relationships as well as supplying the social “conscience” which strengthens morality.Perspective” is defined in the Macquarie dictionary as analysis; conspicuous relationship; way in which people, ideas or things are perceived. For example to we see an exam or assessment as an “impossible task”, or as “challenging but within our powers”? Perception can be one of two things objective or subjective. The term objective means fact, meaning: it is free from personal feelings and opinions, and unbiased. Furthermore, subjective means belonging to the perception of a specific mind, or simply an opinion.
A distinction is generally made in psychology and philosophy between what scientists can verify to be a fact and alternatively what people simply believe or sense to be the instance. These perceptions can be affected by one’s: personality, experiences, beliefs and gender. These will affect how we see ourselves, which is crucial to every aspect of our lives.
It will also influence how we perceive other people. It will impact how we relate to concepts and issues. And most significantly, how we conduct the challenges of life.