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23 Examples of Temporary Change

 , December 03, 2021
A temporary change is a change that reverts back to its original state. This is a common occurrence that has several interesting variations:

Irresistible Forces

Resisting a force without enough sustained energy to resist forever.
Jump in the airFall to earth
Freeze an ice cubeWarms to room temperature
Boil waterCools to room temperature
Clothes become wetClothes dry in the air
Stretch an elasticReturns to original shape

Return to Equilibrium

Equilibrium is the point where competing forces are balanced. Changes that put a system out of equilibrium are likely to be temporary. For example, supply and demand in a market where a sudden spike in demand for a good causes shortages. This change would tend to be temporary as suppliers have incentive to increase supply to meet demand.
ShortageSuppliers increase supply to meet demand
SurplusSuppliers decrease supply to clear the surplus
Get dizzy or off balanceRecover your balance
Get a coldHeal

Deviation From Trend

A process that is strongly running in one direction that temporarily goes in the other direction. For example, the stock of a mismanaged company that is destined to go bankrupt may temporarily go up for a period of time with a long term trend that will drive the stock to zero.
Long Term TrendDeviation
Climate changeWeather variations
Stock market will be much higher in futureStock market goes down
Company will eventually go bankruptCompany stock goes up
Air pollution getting worse in a cityFresh air from a pleasant wind

Regression Toward the Mean

Regression toward the mean is the tendency for unusual results to become closer to average with time.
ChangeRevision to Mean
Have a bad dayThings get better with time.
Have a good dayBad days also arrive with time.
Investor dramatically outperforms marketInvestors that outperform the market may be lucky or be taking large risks such that their results will be more average in the long term.

Stable Systems

Systems such as a society, machine or organism often have stability built into them. For example, if you are hot your body may sweat to bring down your core temperature.
Overflowing river systemRiver system eventually drains
Human gets a headacheThe body typically tries to return to normal
A society has an economic recessionPolicy makers decrease interest rates and flush banks with liquidity to try to stimulate economic activity.
A room becomes coldAn automated heating, cooling and ventilation system begins to heat the room.

Human Behavior

Human's commonly seek stability and may work to try to undo changes that occur.
ChangeHuman Action
Fall downGet up
Bicycle breaks downFix bicycle
Fired from jobGet a new job

Ultimate Fate

Ultimate fate is the way that something will end. From a philosophical point of view, it could be argued that many or most changes are temporary. For example, the Big Crunch theory of the ultimate fate of the universe suggests that the universe will eventually return to a state similar to the start of the Big Bang. If this is true, any change that has ever happened will ultimately be temporary.


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Industrial Revolution
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