Psychological flexibility means holding our own thoughts and emotions a bit more lightly and acting on longer term values rather than short term impulses, thoughts and feelings. Thoughts and emotions tend to be unreliable indicators of long-term value. We have little control over them and they tend to ebb and flow – sometimes dramatically. If we trust our thoughts and emotions and act based on them, we can often overlook the more important, sustained patterns of action which bring true meaning, vitality and richness to our lives.
Psychological Flexibility is at the heart of good mental health and resilience for all of us. It is one of the top 3 skills needed in effective leadership, it is determined by how able we are to adapt to psychological demands. If we are concsiously connected to the present moment, then we have good Psychological Flexibility.