Change Psychology: Explanatory Coherence

recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here.

When we are trying to understand something, we will often build several candidate hypotheses as possible explanations. We will tend to prefer those explanations which:

Have greater explanatory breadth, which explains a wide number of factors. Are simple, requiring very little thought to fully understand. Are plausible, being easy to explain from other information.

Once the scales are tipped and one hypothesis starts to look good compared with the others, the acceptability of the hypothesis rapidly increases until it is the only ‘logical’ choice.

If a friend is unpleasant to me, I like to think that they have had a bad day. This explains other behaviors too, is simple and can easily be explained away.

So what?
When explaining something help the other person to develop an internal hypothesis that is easy for them to accept.

Beware plausible explanations.

Psychology of Change (Picture source: Original article taken from
Psychology of Change (Picture source:
Original article taken from

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