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What the Body Reveals about Lay Knowledge of Psychological Flexibility

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Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557, USA
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Contextual CBT Center, Los Altos, CA 94022, USA
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Supportive & Palliative Care Department, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan 81746-73461, Iran
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Academic Editors: Louise Mchugh, Rhonda Merwin, Elena Tomba and Roy P.C. Kessels
J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11(10), 2848; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102848
Received: 6 April 2022 / Revised: 11 May 2022 / Accepted: 17 May 2022 / Published: 18 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Advances in Cognitive and Behavior Psychotherapies)
The embodied knowledge of psychological flexibility processes was tested by examining the ability of raters to score whole body pictures based on the degree to which they were open, aware, and engaged. Participants’ best and worst physical posture was photographed when asked to think of a difficult psychological matter. Naïve and untrained raters (n = 16) showed excellent reliability while rating the postures of 82 persons from the general population in Reno and Chicago in the USA and recent Iranian immigrants in the Maryland/DC area. Participants showed embodied knowledge of psychological flexibility concepts across all three locations (though significantly less among those recently from Iran). Thus, experience alone appears to teach people that psychological flexibility is helpful, even if they are unable to express this knowledge in words. Implications for psychotherapeutic work is considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: psychological flexibility; embodied knowledge; bodily expression; physical metaphor psychological flexibility; embodied knowledge; bodily expression; physical metaphor
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Falletta-Cowden, N.; Smith, P.; Hayes, S.C.; Georgescu, S.; Kolahdouzan, S.A. What the Body Reveals about Lay Knowledge of Psychological Flexibility. J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11, 2848. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102848

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Falletta-Cowden N, Smith P, Hayes SC, Georgescu S, Kolahdouzan SA. What the Body Reveals about Lay Knowledge of Psychological Flexibility. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2022; 11(10):2848. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102848

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Falletta-Cowden, Neal, Patrick Smith, Steven C. Hayes, Sandra Georgescu, and Seyed Ali Kolahdouzan. 2022. "What the Body Reveals about Lay Knowledge of Psychological Flexibility" Journal of Clinical Medicine 11, no. 10: 2848. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11102848

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