There are those who demonstrate forms of inflexibility, and genuinely live with difficulties in accepting change, shifting thoughts, making transitions.
Those inflexible patterns become part of us, they’re what we know and what we’re comfortable with. Inflexibility or ‘rigid thinking’, comes about when an individual is unable to consider alternative thoughts or different viewpoints on their current circumstances, and have difficulty finding innovative solutions to problems.
They will cling to their usual preconceptions and generalisations and may even react with hostility towards others if they feel challenged or have to change. Past experiences around abuse or hostility may sometimes be responsible.
It’s not always abuse or hostility that brings about inflexibility. Bad parenting may also be responsible. People with inflexible thinking will continue to base their beliefs on previous thoughts that don’t take into account new circumstances or new issues. To them new situations and changing circumstances may often seem daunting.
As they continue to rely on familiar thought patterns, they will miss the points being expressed because they’re applying old thoughts to new circumstances, creating missed opportunities and disappointments.
Relationships will eventually become strained, because people who think inflexibly prefer to walk a familiar path where they don’t have to come out of their comfort zones.
Throwing a little bit of ‘being proactive’ into the equation would make for a more positive existence and would help with inflexible thinking.