Psychological Flexibility

Psychological Flexibility

One of the main characteristics of this age is the rapid changes in our reality.

Technological developments are constantly transforming our physical and cultural environment, pluralism of ideas and world views became the defining principle of the culture we live in and the institutes and organizations to which we belong are becoming more and more fluid.

In this kind of reality Psychological Flexibility is becoming crucial for our well-being and for our ability to manage our reality effectively.  

And what is exactly Psychological Flexibility? It is the ability to contact the present moment fully and without needless defenses and then the ability to choose between changing or persisting one’s behaviors in order to achieve valued goals.

The five pillars of Psychological Flexibility are:

•             Acceptance as a basic attitude towards our mental world, especially in the presence of psychological difficulties and barriers.

•             Mindfulness as a way to be in relation with our emotions and thoughts.

•             Flexible conceptualization about the self and the ability to take the observer perspective towards the self.

•             Clarity about personal values.

•             The ability to translate values into committed action effectively.

All of these abilities are addressed in psychotherapy in the spirit of ACT. The goal in psychotherapy according to ACT is to develop this exact quality - Psychological Flexibility.

You can learn more about ACT here.

 

 

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