There are people who genuinely live with difficulties in accepting change, shifting thoughts, making transitions and who demonstrate forms of inflexibility. Inflexible patterns will become part of us when we fail to demonstrate forms of flexibility. We know what we know and what we’re comfortable with.
Inflexibility or ‘rigid thinking patterns’ as it’s also known, comes about when an individual is unable to consider alternative thoughts to their current thinking, or are unable to consider different viewpoints and have difficulty finding innovative solutions to problems.
They will cling to their usual preconceptions and generalisations and may even react with hostility if they feel challenged in any way, or have to change their thinking. Past experiences around abuse or hostility may sometimes be responsible.
But it’s not always abuse or hostility that brings about inflexibility. Bad parenting can also be the culprit. Children with inflexible thinking, will be adults with inflexible thinking, who will base their beliefs on previous thoughts that don’t take into account new circumstances, or new issues. New situations and changing circumstances are also responsible.
As we continue to rely on familiar thought patterns, we will miss new points being expressed because we’re applying old thoughts to current circumstances. We may miss out on seeing the bigger picture. Relationships will become strained.
Those who deal with inflexible thinking will stick to the familiar and will never leave their comfort zone. Sadly, they will miss out on opportunities, relationships and experiences if they don’t strive to stretch out of their inflexible minds.