By Renee Goyeneche—
Over the past year and a half, we’ve seen societal changes on a global scale. There’s been a reconfiguration of the “norm” in nearly every aspect of our lives, and as such, we’ve had to adapt our strategies across the board, from personal relationships to educational techniques to professional dynamics. Some people have had an easier time than others adjusting to this shift, and it could be due to a higher degree of something called cognitive flexibility.
Cognitive flexibility reflects the extent to which we are able to adapt our thought processes and behaviors in a changing environment. People with high cognitive flexibility can adjust ineffective strategies on the fly, recognize and avoid bias, and show resiliency in the face of adversity. People with less cognitive flexibility tend to struggle with change and problem-solving, because their thinking is more rigid.