by Dwayne Phillips
I have observed people change their mind from one extreme to another. Is there a name for this behavior?
I have observed something about people and I am searching for a name for this behavior. I have observed this across decades, organizations, and areas of endeavor. Here is how it goes:
Consultant: Let’s try something new – it is called Practice A.
Affected Persons: No, no, no! Practice A is too much of a bother.
Consultant: Let’s try Practice A. I think you will see that it isn’t too much of a bother.
Affected Persons: While doing Practice A, I think we should also do sub-practice a, sub-practice b, sub-practice c…and sub-practice z as well.
I hope the above summarizes the behavior. Affected persons don’t want to try a new practice. Once, however, they are into the new practice, they want to do another dozen things inside it. They have flip flopped from one extreme to another concerning a practice.
I don’t understand this behavior, but there are many human behaviors that I don’t understand.
Regardless, I would like to know what you call this behavior. Surely someone has a name for it – something better than “flip flopping to extremes.”