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The art of coping week four: how to develop psychological flexibility

In the fourth and final part of our series, psychologist Louize Carroll looks at how rigidity of thinking can work against our best interests and what we can do to change

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Psychologist Louize Carroll. Photo: Owen Breslin.

Psychologist Louize Carroll. Photo: Owen Breslin.

Psychologist Louize Carroll. Photo: Owen Breslin.

A tree doesn’t resist the wind. Its branches bend in soft submission. A boat doesn’t push against the waves. It sways in inevitable alignment. But when we are faced with painful or challenging situations, we often find ourselves struggling, battling, arguing with or even denying the truth of what lies before us.

In essence, we often spend a large majority of our lives rallying against the reality of what ‘is’. And to that end, we resist change. We can be intrinsically suspicious of change and understandably fearful of loss, and in our battle to push against it, we can miss the fact that we have shut ourselves down and closed ourselves off to the potential beauty and richness of what might come next.


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