Homeostasis is a powerful concept. It refers to a complex system’s tendency to maintain equilibrium. When something changes, the system will actively try to restore the status quo. Only after these efforts fail will the system evolve and achieve a new equilibrium. Human systems are profoundly homeostatic. Bodies. Marriages. Families. Organizational cultures. Nations. Change, even positive change, will stress an existing system: You start a promising new job… and suddenly your skin breaks out. You go after a long-held dream… and then your loved ones subtly or overtly refuse to support you. (When you change, it can destabilize other people’s…

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