Acceptance and commitment therapy metaphors: passengers on a bus, tug of war, leaves on a stream, and the chessboard
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is really big on using metaphors to convey key concepts. This post will take a look at a few of them. Self-as-context metaphors Chessboard A core message of ACT is that our self is the context for what happens inside out head, not the content of it. One metaphor for… Continue reading Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors

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The Role of Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

I did a post a couple of years ago about exploring values, but when I was reading a recent post on the topic by Burnie at Squash Stigma Not Fat, I thought it would be good to revamp that post. While values matter across the board, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) places particular emphasis on… Continue reading The Role of Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Therapy Tools for Mental Health

I don't currently do therapy and haven't had a lot of success with it in the past, but I'm very pro-therapy in general. I've picked up a collection of therapy tools from CBT, DBT, and various others that are handy to pull out of the toolbox as needed. This post is a sample of a… Continue reading Therapy Tools for Mental Health

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Do You Have Dead People Goals?

: The topic of dead people goals came to mind a while back when I was commenting on a post by Quiet Person Loud Thoughts. I couldn't remember where I'd first heard of it, but with some hunting around, it looks like I got the idea from Susan David's book Emotional Agility. The original idea… Continue reading Do You Have Dead People Goals?

Book cover: Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears & Do It Anyway
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Book Review: Stop Avoiding Stuff

Stop Avoiding Stuff, by Matthew S. Boone, Jennifer Gregg, and Lisa W. Coyne, tackles avoidance using techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy. It teaches microskills that you can use as alternatives to avoidance, and suggests teeny tiny practices along the way. The book starts off with a look at what avoidance is and why we… Continue reading Book Review: Stop Avoiding Stuff

book cover: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame by Matthew McKay
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Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame

The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame is written by psychologists Matthew W. McKay, Michael Jason Greenberg, and Patrick J. Fanning. It's based on acceptance and commitment therapy and focused on addressing the defectiveness schema in depression. The book begins and ends with a series of several self-assessment questionnaires to let you see how much… Continue reading Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame

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Happiness Is Not a Choice

"Happiness is a choice." It's a message that you probably come across fairly often. While it's probably meant to be motivational and positive most of the time, I think it's an idea that, if you start to poke at it a bit, has some fundamental flaws. The fallacy of happiness as a choice There's a… Continue reading Happiness Is Not a Choice

book cover: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes
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Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes explains how concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can get you unstuck from your thoughts so you're free to actually start living. The book takes a brief look at relational frame theory, on which ACT is based, but doesn't get bogged… Continue reading Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

What does the self consist of? - sketch of a woman's head
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What Does the Self Consist of?

What is it that makes you, you? Is there even a self? Let's consider a few different approaches. Buddhism A fundamental concept in Buddhism is non-self. The word Anatta is used for the principle that "there is in humans no permanent, underlying substance that can be called the soul" (Wikipedia). The belief that there is… Continue reading What Does the Self Consist of?

book cover: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Patricia Zurita Ona
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Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler?  It's someone who struggles with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions and strong emotional reactions.  The book focuses on emotional sensitivity; this is… Continue reading Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster