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Embracing Your Demons: an Overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a recent mindfulness-based behaviour therapy shown to be effective with a diverse range of clinical conditions. ACT assumes that the psychological processes of a normal human mind are often destructive and create psychological suffering. Symptom reduction is not a goal of ACT, based on the view that ongoing attempts to get rid of ‘symptoms’ can create clinical disorders in the first place. This paper provides an overview of ACT against a background of the suffering generated by experiential avoidance and emotional control. A case study illustrates the six core principles of developing psychological flexibility; defusion, acceptance, contact with the present moment, the observing self, values, and committed action.

Link to paper: AcceptanceCommitmentTherapy