Response Flexibility: what is the flexibility of your responsiveness? A one-trick pony performs one routine over and over…that’s it.
If one’s only emotional tool is anger, for example, the available range of response is severely limited.
Non-verbal messages of eye-contact facial expression, tone of voice, gestures, body posture, and the timing and intensity of response are also extremely important elements of communication
A healthy “system” is open, receptive to new ideas and input (a relationship is a “system,” as is a family, group, or organization).
Dogma: A rigid set of beliefs that are unchanged when presented with new information, even in the face of facts and proven data.
Closed to differing ideas. A constricted perception.
How far can you stretch?
Christina Neumeyer, M.A.