Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Get ready to take a different perspective on your problems and your life and the way you live it Acceptance and commitment therapy ACT is a new scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh l

  • Title: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Author: Steven C. Hayes Spencer Smith
  • ISBN: 9781572244252
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • Get ready to take a different perspective on your problems and your life and the way you live it Acceptance and commitment therapy ACT is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to controlGet ready to take a different perspective on your problems and your life and the way you live it Acceptance and commitment therapy ACT is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to control painful experience were the cause of suffering and long term problems that can devastate your quality of life The ACT process hinges on this distinction between pain and suffering As you work through this book, you ll learn to let go of your struggle against pain, assess your values, and then commit to acting in ways that further those valuesT is not about fighting your pain it s about developing a willingness to embrace every experience life has to offer It s not about resisting your emotions it s about feeling them completely and yet not turning your choices over to them ACT offers you a path out of suffering by helping you choose to live your life based on what matters to you most If you re struggling with anxiety, depression, or problem anger, this book can help clinical trials suggest that ACT is very effective for a whole range of psychological problems But this is than a self help book for a specific complaint it is a revolutionary approach to living a richer and rewarding life.Learn why the very nature of human language can cause suffering Escape the trap of avoidance Foster willingness to accept painful experience Practice mindfulness skills to achieve presence in the moment Discover the things you really value most Commit to living a vital, meaningful life This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self Help Seal of Merit an award bestowed on outstanding self help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy CBT principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump start changes in their lives.

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    1. As much as I want to agree with the stop-thinking asceticism of cognitive behaviorism meets buddhism ("We're not saying don't feel your feelings! Feel them so deeply you don't care! Um! This makes sense to me sometimes while I'm at ACT therapy seminars!"), it just doesn't work for the more think-y among us. I like being in my mind. Being in my mind is being in my life. Finding varying ways to relate to pain -- sometimes cowering from it and sometimes snuggling up to it -- is what marks me as a h [...]

    2. I don't know if this book is as profound as I think it is, or if I was just in the right place at the right time for this book to be a major game-changer for me. Regardless, I have finally finished it and feel like I am okay to be finished. :-) My OCD used to be crippling. I still feel like I have OCD, but it no longer controls me (most of the time); which means that I no longer qualify under the DSM as having OCD. I feel so liberated compared to where I was when I started this book. It is desig [...]

    3. This is far and away the most usefull and insightful self help/therapy book I have ever used. I chose the word "used" over "read" quite intentionally. I did not use it in a vacuum- rather did it while in therapy with a trained ACT therapist. That isn't to say that it couldn't be helpful on its own. It is important that you do the activities and I believe it is essential to discuss with another your activities, thoughts and impression.Let me finish with this. I sincerely believe in ACT- and I bel [...]

    4. Steven C. Hayes' "acceptance and commitment therapy," or ACT, is the "you are not your thoughts" philosophy of cognitive behavioral therapy with a different label slapped on top of it.I found this book pedantic and dry, which is really not a necessary component of a self-help book. In fact, I would hope that a book about getting back into one's life would be sort of the opposite.Yes, there were some useful exercises contained herein. However, I honestly could not recommend it to a friend or coll [...]

    5. It took me about six months to finish this one, mostly because some sections were so tedious that I had trouble staying with it. The writing style was a bit pedantic at times, particularly with arguments from definition by looking at the etymology of words. This was a very exercise focused workbook, especially early on, with the portions I cared most about not coming until the book was almost done.The sections on mindfulness were fine, but there's much better material out there - anything by Thi [...]

    6. I probably wouldn't have read this book if it hadn't been assigned. It might make a fine introduction to the material, but I have read other books on mindfulness based psychology that appealed to me more. Written in a workbook style, the authors invite the reader to take stock of their patterns, accept their faults, and find out what it is that they really want out of life. Commitment to action in congruence with our values provides us with ballast when times are rough as well as with trajectory [...]

    7. ACT is a powerful therapy. I recommend this book to anyone who has experienced episodes of depression or anxiety.The book held one distraction for me - it kept justifying it's own existence and assuming skepticism on the part of the reader. Maybe that's well-founded in many cases, but I thought it was unhelpful.

    8. This is a slow, slow read, with too many exercies that do not lead you very far into understaning the authors aims. The book meanders, is excessively long, and all of what is said could fit into a smaller, better edited work. I kept thinking as I read--what is the point.

    9. I really like ACT - so when I was at an ACT training some months ago and thought I should pick up this fundamental text. I thought some of the early writing - even though they set out to write in lay terms - was opaque to read for whatever reason. I think it was stylistic - it might just be me - but that's how I felt.That being said - I really loved the chapters on values. I found it inspiring and got some stuff out of if that I will certainly use - both personally and professionally. I'd say if [...]

    10. This book came highly recommended to me and I wanted to read it to evaluate it for possibly recommending it to others. The book though really is a self help workbook, and is not meant to read theoretically but rather is meant to be used to help individuals put into practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It is a method of dealing with psychological pain and suffering which relies on meditation and mindfulness. Might be best for someone already in therapy who has a desire to do a little [...]

    11. A great initial book to work through the principles of ACT, though the concepts are, as is noted in the book, not simple. Though, as also noted within, this not-simple paradigm is more so due to it being so contrary to common wisdom concerning our mental and emotional lives, rather than being inherently complex. We are so used to believing we're in complete control of our thoughts/emotions, that we are singular selves with a monolithic personal story, to be confronted with the opposite is daunti [...]

    12. Steven Haye’s approach to treating anxiety deftly combines aspects post-structuralist knowledge (i.e. the power of language to influence experience) with evolutionary psychology (e.g. the functionality of cognitions/emotions). For me, this book was good, but I was a little put off by the constant exercises required of its ‘workbook’ format. For the readers who wish to delve more deeply into Haye’s theoretical approach, I would suggest looking up ‘Relational Frame Theory’. Unfortunate [...]

    13. I enjoyed learning a little about this theory of change and psychotherapy. I look forward to learning a little more about the approach. The writing was a little difficult at times, but the ideas seem solid to me.

    14. A very helpful book for those wishing to take charge of their lives and not be controled by their undesirable feelings, thoughts, etc. Combines Eastern wisdom and behaviorist psychology for a very effective combination.

    15. As fascinated as I am by ACT, from a professional and personal perspective, I found this just too difficult to plough through. A shame as I am sure it would be of great benefit!

    16. One of the best and most useful "self help" books I've encountered. A bit of this, a bit of that. Highly recommended.

    17. Basically the source book for ACTbut fairly complicated for the average reader or therapist. For the therapist I'd recommend ACT Made Simple

    18. Very exciting stuff it will be interesting to watch this type of research continue to grow very thought-provoking I enjoyed it thoroughly

    19. I love this book. I grew tired and angry when other humans would say "you just have to let things go" when I asked about acceptance. I wanted something concrete and this is that. In a scientific but understandable way a path to letting things go is presented. The book is about more than that but that's why I bought it. It contains concrete information and strategies for living a more vital and empowered life. These strategies are easily tested and they aren't too difficult. If you're struggling [...]

    20. "Acceptarea și angajamentul oferă o cale cu final necunoscut. Noutatea ei o face mai înfricoșătoare, dar o face, de asemenea, și mai plină de viață."

    21. Knowing they can be hurt, humans still love others. Knowing they will die, humans still care about the future.

    22. Yes absolutely if I didn't think I was too cool for something lame like this and fully participated in all the exercises (I did a decent amount of them, but mostly half-heartedly) then I would be the person I want to be right now. Ok, no, in all fairness, it's far too late for that, but I could at least be the closest possible to the person I want to be given how deeply I fucked up the first three decades of my life. But seriously, folks, the message is: life hurts. You will feel pain. This is n [...]

    23. Accepting where you are and using your values as a compass are key to living a more fulfilled life. This book has a lot of assignments and moments for pausing and reflection. I'm giving 4 stars because many of the techniques are useful and applicable to life. Think of it as a workbook with explanations.

    24. ACT of Acceptatie en Commitment Therapie is een nieuwe vorm binnen de therapie waar ik mij steeds meer ik kan vinden. Een tijd gelezen last ik al “Leid het leven dat jij wilt leiden” van dr. Freddy Jackson Brown maar toen stond ik er, volgens mij, nog niet helemaal voor open terwijl ik nu wel meer begin te voelen voor ACT en beter begrijp wat er achter zit.Dit boek is eigenlijk eerder een oefenboek. Je krijgt een stukje theorie uitgelegd en nadien of tussendoor krijg je oefeningen die de the [...]

    25. I think the book tells us that blaming doesn't help because it's a negative behavior.Response-ability is related to mindful thinking.The keyword to be better is mindfulness.The book should have been written in a more simple language.We must observe our negative feelings because they lead to more negative feelings so we go deeper and deeper in sadness>>Really we are creatures of our history and we are imprisoned in it.The exercises are hard to do because they need too much imagination, they [...]

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