What is it that makes you, you? Is there even a self? 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 a self is viewed as a source … Continue reading What Does the Self Consist of?
Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster: ACT for the Emotionally Sensitive 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 a term the author uses to describe people who struggle with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions … Continue reading Book review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that takes the stance that avoidance and resistance to internal experiences identified as negative is what causes cognitive distress. To resolve distress, ACT suggests that we need to employ strategies like mindfulness, de-fusion from our thoughts, and recognizing the self as the context in which … Continue reading Setting sail with the ACT life compass
Thoughts as leaves on a stream is a popular metaphor used in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to represent noticing thoughts and letting them pass by without attaching to them. I like this metaphor, since it's not about fighting the thoughts or trying to make them go away, but just riding them out. I got … Continue reading Thoughts as leaves on a stream
I was browsing the web for interesting therapy materials, when I came across the worksheets for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders on the website of one of the authors, Dr. John Forsyth. I've never done ACT, but I've done a lot of reading about it, and it makes a lot of sense to … Continue reading Suppression of Unwanted Thoughts
Some studies have shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a stronger predictor of therapeutic outcomes than the type of therapy used. However, it seems logical that the type of therapy should at least to some extent match up with how you tend to conceptualize the problems you're experiencing. … Continue reading Psychotherapy alphabet soup
Values: we've all got them, but how often do we think about them? It's worth checking in with ourselves every so often as to what our values are, and how consistent our behaviour is with those values. Unlike goals, values are not an endpoint, but rather a guiding direction. Acceptance and commitment therapy offers some … Continue reading Exploring values
Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life is written by psychologist Dr. Susan David, and was recommended to me by Chris at Breathe Underwater. I was quite impressed with this book. Normally when I'm reading a book I intend to review I take notes as I'm reading of the points that … Continue reading Book Review: Emotional Agility
Even if seeing a therapist isn't part of your mental illness treatment plan (as is currently the case for me), it can still be useful to do some of this kind of work on your own. There are some great online resources out there to help you do just that. In this post I've included … Continue reading Mental health worksheets galore
On a fairly regular basis I come across people online talking about how happiness is a choice. It bugs me whenever I see it, even when I can tell the poster is trying to be motivational and positive, so I thought I'd dive into that a little deeper. A quick search on Amazon reveals a … Continue reading Happiness is a choice, my @ss
While fear may not be a symptom of depression, it is certainly something that has become tightly woven into the fabric of my illness.