Evaluating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Never let it be said that we are biased! Of course, ACT is not perfect. Neither is it without its detractors. This research article in The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy (2011, Vol. 7, No. 1, 55–67) evaluates a recent critique of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Written by…

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Is Mindfulness a Religion?

Interesting thoughts from the Huffington Post: Many people around the world — Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, and atheist — have begun to practice mindfulness simply as a way to live happier lives. (ABC news anchor Dan Harris suggests mindfulness can make you 10% Happier). In A Mindful Nation, Ohio Congressman Tim…

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The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris is the book that first introduced me to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. And I had something of a love/hate relationship with it. It’s interesting to me that if you look at the reviews over at amazon or Good Reads, my response seems to be…

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The ACT Approach to Self-Acceptance

In Psychology Today, Dr. Barbara Markway shares Three surprising, simple ways to increase self-acceptance. According to Dr. Hayes, the key skill in self-acceptance involves being able to shift perspectives. We have to move our focus from a judgmental stance, to a more neutral, observing stance. Our brains evolved with the…

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The Six Core Processes of ACT

For those unfamiliar, here is a link to an article discussing the 6 core processes of ACT. The general goal of ACT is to increase psychological flexibility – the ability to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human being, and to change or persist in behavior when…

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