Although life development has its foundation within the family, from school etc. One thing certain is personal development is a lifelong process. as people assess new skills and or qualities, consider their aims in life, and so on.

This is just to say the whole idea is about the plan to make relevant, positive and effective life choices to enable personal empowerment. As part of the heart process there is this so called the change of mindset. The issue of changing mindset is a really difficult matter because usually it doesn’t state if mindset has to be changed to meet the expectations of the individual or the mindset has to change to meet the expectations of the people around an individual OR both.

As an extension, the expectations around the issue of life/personal development is often found sipping into the element of ‘change’. NOW the remaining question is if change is through accommodation or assimilation. This alone is enough to simplify the expectations and the what next.

Accommodation and assimilation are terms that carry a diverse meaning as they are used in various fields, including in the field of acquiring knowledge. Here the focus is on many other things, even outside the context of education. This broadens the concept of adaptation within the area of personal development and the social concept of it, in terms of personal expectations, to include the growth, mindset and others; and social expectations, to include social changes and others.

People are prone to having something new they want. It could be a new idea, or just a development in general. Those new things people work through their personal development are connected and conditioned by a simple answer and its decision influencing the direction – the decision to make is just stating if the development is done through accommodation or assimilation.

Accommodation, this is often used as a shelter or house. In daily lives it can be used when the initial thoughts or ideas are replaced by new things or mindset. It happens when someone gets to know something that is different or opposite to their thoughts about a certain thing. Hence, people will start to perceive or adapt knew information and it often asks an individual to start seeing a whole new image or idea about the particular thing. At times leaving people with the potential to differentiate between the previous knowledge and the new information.

The common advantages of accommodation, if it is positively taken, include that, at personal level, it makes people feel right at home in cases when destiny changes. And something new becomes more relevant than the previous. Whilst the most disadvantages of accommodation is that it happens when there are conflicting ideas and the pre-existing idea is not accurate. The pre-existing idea is altered in order to fit in the new knowledge. The new idea or vision in all its goodness, it can be too soon to match with individuals and how they are formed to cope with the sudden need to consciously accommodate and change themselves.

With assimilation, the previously held information is not dumped or isn’t outdated and it remains the basis of information. Usually the new information fits along with the previous ideas if it is of similar pattern or relate to the already held knowledge. This is not to say that one’s way of doing life is totally going to fit somebody else’s way of life, although this might fit well in certain situations.

For that reason, assimilation can occur completely or partially assimilation. A complete assimilation is when the person or environment going through the assimilation process becomes exactly the same person or environment causing assimilation. Partial assimilation is when the person becomes the same in one or more features but remains different to other areas.

The common advantages of assimilation, if it is positively taken, include that, at personal level, it fosters growth and empowerment. Socially, it strengthens relationships, because there is a sense of unit and purpose with others. Whilst some disadvantages of assimilation are the loss of individual identity and the breakdown of cultural identity. Especially, when people are actively going to leave behind the aspects of who they are in favour of new, assimilated identities. So, the main difference between accommodation and assimilation is;

Assimilation: allows the adaptation process so that new information doesn’t disregard the previously existing information or ideas. So, in this case, the two can gel in.
Accommodation: although it involves the assimilation process, it allows the new information or idea to replace the previously existing idea or information.
Assimilation: the previous information remains of worth and the new idea or information settles with the previously held information.
Accommodation: the previously held information or idea is of no worth and gets outdated.
Assimilation: the process is often gradual.
Accommodation: the process is often of sudden change.

Accommodation or assimilation are two things tangled around building individuals or communities based on the short-term or long-term goals presented. They also appeal differently to situations.

When the situation needs a small tweak, assimilation is the next step that suits with the level of impact. Whereas, accommodation is pro complete change, some people might prefer a partial accommodation. After all it is about the individual’s decision along the process. Sometime, what we call changes or transformations are as a result of what is going on around us and if the decision is functioning and influencing basing on accommodation or assimilation.

All being said, the challenge many people face is dealing with onlookers who are expecting to see a complete change, when an individual or particular group/team (including professional teams) concerned haven’t outlined if the underlying motivating process is accommodation or assimilation. This is about growth by adaptation!

‘’When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.’’ – Acts 4:13.