Psychological flexibility is 'the' trait that is needed to empower someone towards optimal well-being.
We live in a world that is random. We have very little control over what happens to us: you don't choose who your parents are, what genetic disposition you have, how favourable your environment is towards you, who you will run into today and what kind of a mood he/she will be in, ...
Being psychologiacally flexible means being as present as possible while encountering all kinds of obstacles on your path, while changing or persisting in behaviour that is alligned with your values.
This requires you to hold your thoughts and emotions lightly, so your long term goals can be persued without being pushed off balance by short term impulses, thoughts and feelings.
The main skills that influence psychological flexibility are depicted above in the hexagon of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, pronounced like the verb). And each of these skills are backed up by an arsenal of skills that are not depicted in this hexagon to prevent cognitive overload.
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If you are curious to see the entire arsenal of skills that can help empower you towards optimal well-being, and you don't mind the cognitive overload, enjoy the mindmap below:
This mindmap is not interactive. If you want to learn more, click on the skills in the previous image.