Transitions Reflection Paper

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Bridges’ Transitions is a self-help book that reveals a model on transitioning through difficult times in a person’s life. Using examples and straightforward notes Bridges was able to effectively deliver his explanations. Although it wasn’t a strenuous read, the topics he went over were interesting and helped detect my own transitioning process upon self-reflection after reading the book.
Right from the beginning of the read, many things Bridges say make me think to myself about how it makes sense but also made me realize that I never thought of what he mentioned in the way that he stated it. However, the part of the book that made me ponder the most about my previous transitioning processes was Chapter 5, where Bridges discussed “the five aspects of the natural ending experience: disengagement, dismantling, disidentification, disenchantment, and disorientation” (109, Bridges). This chapter particularly made me reflect on my last 2 years of transitioning from someone who was overly dependent on my girlfriend and someone who was too comfortable with the small community of friends I’ve known from my high school back home in Myanmar and someone who was resistant and unopen to stepping out of my comfort zone to meet new people and make new experiences.
The first step of disengagement during this transition was when my relationship ended and my daily and weekly routine that I’ve grown to ease into ended abruptly. At first coping with such a major change in my life was unbearable. Familiar faces and friends no longer gave me consolation over the loss that I had just faced. I wanted to not think back on the memories and past experiences but forced myself to move on to “bigger and better things”. I told myself that there were things that I always wanted to do and now I finally I have the time to do so. But it wasn’t until I looked back on who I was in the first three…...

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