The article substantiates theoretically and methodologically the foundations of the comprehensive system for overcoming resistance to changes by a person (CSOCR). The empirical study aimed at identification of the psychological characteristics associated with resistance to changes is presented. The performed study determined that certain psychological defence mechanisms (repression, displacement, rationalization), mental rigidity (the rigidity symptom complex, actual rigidity, sensitive rigidity, premorbid rigidity), anxiety (state, trait), certain personality traits (neuroticism, extraversion) and “seeking support” coping strategy are support resistance to changes. The presented model explains 70,6 percent of the change resistance variation. The theoretical and methodological foundations are substantiated and the content of the following CSOCR components is presented: the scale screening resistance to changes (SSRC) and the training to overcome change resistance. The data on the CSOCR effectiveness are presented and analyzed. During CSOCR development, the principles of the systemic approach were observed, namely: hierarchy, structuralism, functionality, determination, robustness and emergence. The SSRC is a diagnostic and control element; it consists of 3 blocks with different content, forms and focuses: beliefs about changes, individual ways to cope with resistance to changes, and an emotional state. We used the SSRC before and after the proposed training to measure its effectiveness. The formative element of CSOCR is the training to overcome a person’s resistance to changes; it was developed on the basis of determined relations between examined psychological characteristics. The relations strength and direction were taken into account when developing training exercises to influence on the components significant for resistance to changes. The training consists of 8 modules; their contents are presented in the article: the introductory module, emotional reaction, the module at the end of the first day, short-term focus, routine seeking, cognitive rigidity, change resistance management, the completion module. The article presents data for CSOCR effectiveness evaluation. The summative assessment of these data revealed the effectiveness of the CSOCR and its components, in particular: the SSRC and the training to overcome a person’s resistance to changes. The data obtained at the experimental group showed decreased resistance to changes after the forming experiment in the experimental group (initial distribution: 11% of the respondent had high resistance to changes, 64% had medium one, and 25% had low one, control distribution: 1% of the respondent had high resistance to changes, 39% had medium one, 60% had low one) in comparison to the control group (initial distribution: 6% of the respondent had high resistance to changes, 45% had medium one, and 11% low one; control distribution: 5% of the respondent had high resistance to changes, 46% had medium one, and 11% had low one). The prospects for further research: to find factors responsible for 29.4% of data variability not determined in this study.
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