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Chapter 11. Bowlby’S Basic Phases Of Los... > Exercise: Bowlby Phases of Grief

Exercise: Bowlby Phases of Grief

  Think of someone you know fairly well outside of the workplace—a family member, friend or acquaintance—who has had a loss to deal with. Describe what the person did or what they said with respect to each of the Bowlby Phases of Grief.

Briefly describe the loss situation: __________________________________

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Protest Phase: _________________________________________________

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Disorganization/Despair Phase: ___________________________________

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Detachment/Reorganization Phase: _________________________________

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Implications for the Workforce

Bowlby’s phases make it clear that a complex set of reactions occur after a separation or loss. Employee attempts at recovering what has been lost may take the form of holding on to work equipment, resisting a move to a new office location, lunching only with former colleagues, filing grievances and other actions to stop change, and other forms of written and vocal protest.


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