Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Distinctive Features by Paul E. Flaxman, J.T. Blackledge, Frank W. Bond

By Paul E. Flaxman, J.T. Blackledge, Frank W. Bond

What are the unique theoretical and useful gains of attractiveness and dedication therapy?

Acceptance and dedication treatment (ACT) is a latest behaviour treatment that makes use of recognition and mindfulness interventions along dedication and behavior swap innovations to reinforce mental flexibility. mental flexibility refers back to the skill to touch the current second and alter or persist in behaviour that serves one’s for my part selected values.

Divided into sections, The specified Theoretical gains of ACT and The precise sensible positive factors of ACT, this publication summarises the foremost good points of ACT in 30 concise issues and explains how this method differs from conventional cognitive behaviour therapy.

Acceptance and dedication Therapy presents a superb consultant to behave. Its common structure will attract people who are new to the sphere and supply a convenient reference device for more matured clinicians.

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Out of control . . crazy . . ). Given the great variety of negatively evaluative talk that adheres to distressing emotions and other distressing thoughts, implicitly or explicitly viewing oneself as equivalent to these elaborated ``networks of distress'', it may become readily apparent how disabling and distressing things become when a sense of self-as-content is adopted. Holding a literal sense of self-as-content during a distressing experience often increases the degree of distress, as the general ``badness'' of the negatively evaluative language attached to the initial experience then becomes attached to one's self.

To paraphrase Jon Kabat-Zinn (2005), ``wherever you go, there you are'', regardless of what you are thinking, feeling, or remembering. When one is not de®ned by the content of one's experiences, distressing situations and the verbal evaluations they engender become potentially less threatening and less disabling. The literal ``badness'' or ``inadequacy'' (for example) verbally attached to our experiences begin to appear more as ``words'' out there, rather than self-de®ning truths. And distressing emotions begin to appear more as relatively transitory feelings that are the function of current circumstances rather than inviolable pronouncements of one's character.

Thus, while speci®c self-as-context strategies often look different than speci®c defusion strategies (see Points 22, 23, and 25 for differential examples), it appears that the experience of defusing one's thoughts and adopting a sense of self-as-context co-occur very often. e. the ``meaning'' of words and the effects they have on subsequent behaviour) by changing key aspects of the context in which language (or thinking) is experienced. As established above, one ubiquitous aspect of thoughts is that they focus on the past or the future.

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