Flexibility as a Resource of Viability in Today's Individuals

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Abstract

The paper analyzes flexibility as a genuine psychological phenomenon and explores its vital role in the life of today's individuals. The contemporary adaptation approach focuses not on the perfection of one's past experience, but on the promotion of his/her ability to display 'a sense of novelty, 'to push limits', 'to get rid of old habits' and stereotypes of thinking in order to adapt successfully to the changing environment. Thus the paper centers primarily on the 'rigidity-flex- ibility' continuum in various personality subsystems as well as on the analysis of certain similar terms that may help to better understand the nature of the explored phenomenon.

General Information

Keywords: viability, dynamism, readiness to change, psychological rigidity, flexibility

Journal rubric: Theoretical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Koroleva Y. Flexibility as a Resource of Viability in Today's Individuals. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2014. Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 5–15. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Yulia Koroleva, PhD in Psychology, associate professor at the Chair of Special Psychology, Orenburg State Pedagogical University

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