Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Psychological Flexibility and Pain Management

In a previous blog post, I briefly wrote about the benefits of psychological flexibility. Psychological Flexibility refers to one's ability to adapt thinking, emotions and behaviour to various situations. A helpful way to think about psychological flexibility is to use the example of 'control.' There are things in life we have control over and things that we do not. For example, while driving a car we have control over the vehicle's movement. However, we do not have control over other vehicles on the road. Therefore, whenever we decide to go for a drive, we have some control over our safety -- but not complete control, as other drivers could cause an accident for us.