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There are a few things I hear from clients more often than anything else. “How do I move forward when I’m afraid?” or “How do I stop my inner critic?” or “I feel stuck in my old ways and am having a hard time changing.” These complaints may sound like big, difficult problems, and they definitely feel that way when you’re the one experiencing them. But, the antidote to each and every one of them is one foundational concept: psychological flexibility.
Psychological flexibility is a concept that has risen in the field of psychology over the past decade or so, spearheaded by the work of Dr. Steven Hayes, the founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Today, we’re speaking with another practitioner of ACT and psychological flexibility, Dr. Diana Hill. In this conversation, we talk about what psychological flexibility is, and how it applies to so many different situations in our lives.
We have a particularly deep conversation about how it applies in situations where we’re striving. You know those times – you’re fixated on achieving a goal or accomplishing a lot. You’re grinding. You’re working so hard. But, is it always a good thing? If you’re the type of person who is driven to achieve, you’re not going to want to miss the back half of this episode.
- Learn more about Dr. Hill by visiting https://drdianahill.com
- Episode 161: What is Perfectly Hidden Depression with Dr. Margaret Rutherford
- Episode 143: How to Liberate Your Mind and Pivot Toward What Matters with Dr. Steven Hayes
- The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris [affiliate link]
Psychological health covers a wide gamut of emotions. Anxiety, depression, joy, and love can make it difficult to maintain positive mental health both in the short term and the long term. But making a committed action to quell difficult thoughts or feelings and operate at higher levels of mental core processes requires the psychological flexibility outlined in this podcast.