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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

1983- The parable of the “boiled frog”

Peter Senge, in his book The Fifth Discipline, includes the parable of the “boiled frog”
to speak about the Organisations 7 learning disabilities, the quote below:
“If you place a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately try to scramble out. But if you place the frog in room temperature water, and don't scare him, he'll stay put. Now, if the pot sits on a heat source, and if you gradually turn up the temperature, something very interesting happens. As the temperature rises from 70 to 80 degrees F., the frog will do nothing. In fact, he will show every sign of enjoying himself. As the temperature gradually increases, the frog will become groggier and groggier, until he is unable to climb out of the pot. Though there is nothing restraining him, the frog will sit there and boil.
Because the frog's internal apparatus for sensing threats to survival is geared to sudden changes in his environment, not to slow, gradual changes”.

Like the frog, people's internal apparatus for sensing threats to "survival" only detects sudden changes in their comfort zone, but not the gradual one.

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