Psychological Flexibility

Values: What are the things that matter, and how do we decide what to reach for?

Our sixth post in our psychological flexibility series is about values! Something that each one of our previous posts has touched on, but not fully explored. We have covered a lot of material in the last five posts, so let’s do a quick recap: first, remember that psychological flexibility is the process of remaining fully …

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Self as Context: The observing-self v. the conceptualized-self

“Tell me a little bit about yourself…” is a standard question when meeting a new person in just about any context. Whether it is at a job interview, a party, school, or a first date, we all want to know a little bitabout the person we are with, and that question seems to be a non-confrontational …

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Mindfulness & flexible contact with the present moment

Our minds are constantly pulling us into the past, to relive different moments from our lives; or into the future, where we wonder about what possibilities could be out there. Although the ability think about the future is one of the great developments in human history it is not an ability that is free of …

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Psychological Flexibility – Fusion v. Defusion

Throughout the day, all kinds of thoughts ‘Pop!’ into our heads. Sometimes they are pleasant, and sometimes they are not. Sometimes those thoughts are associated with things that are happening around us in any given moment, and sometimes those thoughts are associated only with what is going on inside of us. But those thoughts are …

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Psychological Flexibility – Acceptance v. Experiential Avoidance

“Metaphorically, acceptance means abandoning digging as a way out of a hole.” People are used to following a whole bunch of rules while we live our lives: you stop at red lights, when there is a line, stand in it, and never propose at someone else’ wedding! But there is an even more basic rule about …

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Psychological Flexibility: Time to relax my thinking

Psychological flexibility: the process of remaining fully in contact with the present moment, in a way that helps us act out behavior that is in line with our values, even in the face of difficult thoughts/emotions. Have you ever wished that you could control upsetting feelings of anxiety, fears, or unwanted thoughts and memories? One …

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