According to a recent report that was published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science, psychological flexibility is vital if you want to have good relationships. These are relationships with a romantic partner and your family. 

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A psychologically flexible person is someone who has a specific set of skills and attitudes. They are accepting of and open to experiences, regardless of whether they are bad or good. A psychologically flexible person will also be:

  • Aware of the present moment
  • Experience challenging thoughts without over-thinking
  • Look for a broad perspective when they experience a challenge
  • Continue to pursue goals even when there are setbacks
  • Stick with their moral values even when they are stressed

Someone who is psychologically inflexible has the opposite of the above attitudes and thoughts. They also feel shameful or judged for their negative feelings and thoughts. 

The published paper highlighted a recent study that showed that those who are inflexible respond to challenges in an inflexible way. This is linked to a weaker bond with their family and their partner. Lower satisfaction levels with romantic relationships were also present.

In addition to this, if a psychologically inflexible adult has children, they could have difficulty responding to their child’s misbehaviour. This could result in less compassionate, sensitive, and responsive parenting. The cause of this type of relationship is not clear, however, bad behaviour on the child’s behalf could increase their parent’s inflexibility. 

The more psychologically flexible someone is, the better their relationships will be, both with their romantic partner, and their family. 

Acceptance and commitment therapy is thought to be beneficial to psychologically inflexible people. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk