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Cognitive Flexibility

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Cognitive flexibility is an essential skill in our changing world. This book will teach you to think in new ways so you can improve your expertise in creativity and coping with adversity.
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Cognitive flexibility gives you the brain power you need to solve problems at work and home by thinking in new ways. This important core competency will help you improve all areas of your life, including your education, job skills, and personal life. This book will show you how to become mentally agile by harnessing your neuroplasticity to avoid thinking traps, improve your creativity, increase your hopefulness, cope with stress, and even become more humorous. You will learn to reframe challenges so you can overcome setbacks and successfully adjust to change.

About the Authors

Dr. Michelle J. Scallon earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Seattle Pacific University. She has many years of experience providing psychotherapy in correctional and outpatient settings. Her dissertation was titled “The Impact of Social Support and Humor on Levels of Hope in Individuals Who Are Coping with HIV/AIDS.” She is passionate about helping people capitalize on their strengths.

Dr. John J. Liptak is an internationally-recognized author with thirty years of work experience providing counseling. He has authored over 100 workbooks with Ester Leutenberg, 31 career assessment instruments, and ten books. John earned an Ed.D. in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. He lives in Radford, Virginia, in the United States and is President of the Center for Career Assessment, Inc. John has written eight books for Bookboon.

  • About the Authors
  • Preface
  1. What is Cognitive Flexibility?
    1. Introduction
    2. Your Brain Changes
    3. Examples of Cognitive Flexibility
    4. Cognitive Flexibility and Coping
    5. Value of Industrial Neuroplasticity
    6. Improving Your Cognitive Flexibility
  2. Cognitive Shifting
    1. Introduction
    2. An Executive Function
    3. Characteristics of Cognitive Shifting
    4. Increasing Cognitive Shifting
  3. Cognitive Flexibility and Humor
    1. Flex Your Mind by Flexing Your Funny Bone
    2. Humor – It’s a Funny Thought
    3. How Much Do You Use Humor?
    4. Humor Creates Distance and Reframes Problems
    5. Humor Lights Up Your Life and Your Brain
    6. Make Humor a Priority – No Joke, It’s Worth It
  4. A Hierarchy of Hope
    1. Introduction
    2. Hierarchy of Hope
    3. Turning Points Help You to Pivot
    4. Examine Thinking Patterns to Pivot
    5. Name Your Needs
    6. Use Inner Brilliance to Create Resilience
  5. Overcoming Thinking Traps
    1. Introduction
    2. Thinking is Related to Stress
    3. Thinking Traps Quiz
    4. Your Thinking Traps
    5. Overcoming Thinking Traps
  6. Cognitive Flexibility in Action
    1. Introduction
    2. How Life Changes
    3. Process for Developing Cognitive Flexibility
    4. Observe Rigid Thinking
    5. Untwist Your Thinking
    6. Interrupt Rigid Thinking
    7. Enhance Cognitive Agility
    8. Integrate Cognitive Flexibility
  7. References

About the Authors

Dr. Michelle Scallon

Dr. Michelle J. Scallon earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Seattle Pacific University. She has many years of experience providing psychotherapy in correctional and outpatient settings. Her dissertation was titled “The Impact of Social Support and Humor on Levels of Hope in Individuals Who Are Coping with HIV/AIDS.” She is passionate about helping people capitalize on their strengths.

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Dr. John Liptak

Dr. John J. Liptak is a self-help author and one of the most prolific non-fiction writers in the world. He started writing while in college and now writes consistently for seven publishers around the globe. His Doctoral Dissertation was the development of an assessment (the Career Exploration Inventory) that measures work and leisure interests throughout the lifespan. He went on to create 35 more assessments that have been published and distributed worldwide. John has also written ten non-fiction, self-help books including Lifeskills IQ Test, Career Quizzes, Entrepreneurship Quizzes, College Major Quizzes, 2012: Catalyst for Your Spiritual Awakening, Treatment Planning in Career Counseling, and The Stress Management Program.   In addition, John wrote (along with Ester Leutenberg) over 100 self-help workbooks that are being used in corporations, schools, and mental health centers.

John offers practical solutions that assist people in fostering their full potential through the development of effective soft skills. John’s passion and enthusiasm have made him a sought-after speaker and trainer. John has presented at both national and international conferences on a variety of topics, including social and emotional intelligence, resilience, stress management, and communication skills. Being an industry expert on critical “soft skills” in the workplace, John has provided training in many countries, including Romania, China, Jamaica, and Scotland.  

John’s latest work has also been receiving a lot of attention from television and radio stations. He has appeared on many radio and television shows including MSNBC, CNN Radio, and appeared as a hidden talents career coach on the syndicated television show titled "Success Without a College Degree."

John is the President of CCA, Inc. CCA is a research and development firm that works with some of the world's largest publishers of self-help assessments, books, workbooks, and card sets. CCA accounts for more than one million dollars of sales of self-help materials annually. John earned a Doctor of Education degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Tech. Prior to starting his own business, John provided counseling and career counseling services for offenders and ex-offenders, mental health clients, job seekers, and college students.