Mental agility is a function that allows us to adapt quickly to the environment, to a situation or to a stimulus. It is thanks to mental agility that we can face different situations and know what to do depending on the context and the people we are with.
Our brain is able to memorize the effects of our actions and it can predict which behavior will have the best result depending on the situation in order to make the task flow smoothly, quickly and efficiently.
What is mental agility?
Mental agility is the ability to modify one’s behavior or thinking by adapting to the context. This skill is linked to the speed of our thinking. Indeed, when we have to face a situation, we must not only find the right strategy, but we must do it as quickly as possible.
During our existence, we learn how to handle situations, what words to use or what behavior to have in certain contexts and we memorize strategies to solve problems.
Mental agility allows us to explore all the knowledge we have and to choose the best resources to use. We must therefore be able to quickly find the best strategy and implement it. Finally, we must be able to modify our strategy and our behavior according to the feedback to see if the chosen strategy is effective or not.
This skill allows us to adapt easily to new situations.
Disorders related to mental agility
When we talk about mental agility disorders, we are talking about slow processing speed. This can be caused by pathologies or developmental disorders such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia or auditory processing disorder.
These difficulties can cause learning difficulties in children or difficulties in planning goals, solving problems with logical strategies or the ability to modify thoughts and behaviors.
Processing speed disorders also coexists with people on the autism spectrum and with other pathologies such as dementia (Alzheimer’s) or illnesses such as schizophrenia in which processing speed is greatly affected.
Mental agility disorders can occur at any age. This is why it is important to train this cognitive function.
Exercises to train and improve mental agility
To improve mental agility and therefore reasoning speed, it is important to develop your own strategies.
The first thing to do is to strengthen the connections in the brain. To do so, it is important to try and make logical connections in everyday situations. For example, when you go shopping, you can think of the best route to take according to your experience (for exemple, the last time you went to get the eggs first, but it’s better to get them later), or a recipe made with the ingredients you see.
When you are faced with a problem, try to think of all possible solutions, even the most absurd ones. This exercise allows you to work on finding other solutions and not to stay focused only on one strategy.