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Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism

The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism by Jennifer Kemp aims to boost self-compassion and improve psychological flexibility using acceptance and commitment therapy. The author is a therapist who has dealt with perfectionism herself, and she incorporates her own experiences to provide examples of the concepts being covered. She had tried cognitive behavioural therapy and didn't find… Continue reading Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism

MH@H book review: The ACT Workbook for Anger
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Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Anger

The ACT Workbook for Anger by Robyn D. Walser and Manuela O'Connell uses an acceptance and commitment therapy approach to support readers in better managing anger. Anger is framed as a mix of feelings, physiological sensations, thoughts, and actions, and the authors explain that experiencing it is normal; it's getting hooked on it that can… Continue reading Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Anger

MH@H book review: When Life Hits Hard by Russ Harris
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Book Review: When Life Hits Hard

When Life Hits Hard by Russ Harris draws on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to explore dealing with grief. I'm a big fan of the author based on his other writings about ACT, and this book didn't disappoint. The book is divided into three sections: regroup, rebuild, and revitalize. Grief is framed as a process… Continue reading Book Review: When Life Hits Hard

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

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 our heads, not the content of it. One metaphor for… Continue reading Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors

The role of values in acceptance and commitment therapy
Therapy

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

Therapy tools for mental health
Therapy

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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Therapy

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?

MH@H book review: Stop Avoiding Stuff
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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

MH@H book review: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame
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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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Emotions & Cognition

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, if you start to poke at it a bit, it has some fundamental flaws. I believe that happiness is not a choice, at least not when something like… Continue reading Happiness Is Not a Choice