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Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life : The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Steven Hayes

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a new approach to psychotherapy that rethinks even our most basic assumptions of mental well-being. Starting with the assumption that the normal condition of human existence is suffering and struggle, ACT works by first encouraging individuals to accept their lives as they are in the here and now. This acceptance is an antidote to the problem of avoidance, which ACT views as among the greatest risk factors for unnecessary suffering and poor mental health. The process of ACT includes help for individuals to identify a set of core values, a personal set of objectives that matter to them personally. The therapy then encourages the individual to commit to behavior that furthers these values despite potentially painful emotional obstacles.

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life offers a five-step plan for coping with painful emotions such as anxiety and depression. It teaches you how to learn life-enhancing behavior strategies that work to further the goals you value most. You'll learn to engage with and overcome painful thoughts and feelings with step-by-step acceptance and mindfulness-based techniques. You'll find out how to let go of control, and develop compassion and flexibility. The realization that painful feelings cannot be controlled will open you to the possibility of fully emotional living. Once present, engaged, and aware, you can begin to build new lives for yourself filled with significance and meaning. This book is not about overcoming pain or fighting emotions; it's about embracing life and feeling everything it has to offer. In this way, it offers a way out of suffering by choosing to life a life based on what matters most.

This book develops acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a revolutionary and exciting new direction in psychotherapy, into step-by-step exercises readers can use to get relief from emotional pain. Written by ACT's founding theorist, the book offers a self-help program proven to be effective for coping with a range of problems, from anxiety to depression, eating disorders to poor self-esteem.

About the Authors

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. , is University of Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. An author more than 300 scientific articles and twenty-two books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory-two books that significantly develop the concepts on which Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life is based. His research explores the nature of human language and cognition and their application to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. In 1992, the Institute for Scientific Information reported Hayes among the highest impact psychologist in the world during the years 1986-90 based on the citation impact of his writings. He is past-president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and Division Twenty-Five of the American Psychological Association. He was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the American Psychological Society. He is the recipient of the Don F. Hake Award for Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. In 1999, US Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala appointed him to a four-year term on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.

Spencer Smith is a freelance writer and editor living in Santa Rosa, CA.

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replaces dwelling, analytical therapies with action

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  • Groundbreaking Research
  • Innovative Ideas
  • Start from Chapter 11

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  • Too academic in first chapters but I am Buddhist

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  • Older Readers
  • Special Needs
  • Younger Readers

Comments about Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life:

This is a life changer and worth investigation. Opposes dwelling and investigative, talking modalities with acknowledging (not denying) accepting and continuing to live life and move forward despite challenges. Engenders "just do it" aphorism.

 
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      I have suffered from Anxiety for many years. I go to Act therapist. This book was written by one of the founders, of Act (Acceptance,Commitment, Therapy) I have found it to be extremely helpful.

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      "With kindness, erudition, and humor, the authors of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life educate readers into a new way of thinking about psychological issues in general and life satisfaction in particular. Their combination of cutting-edge research and resonance with ancient, tried-and-true practices makes this one of the most fascinating and illuminating self-help books available. If you're tired of standard psychological parlance and still frustrated with your quality of life, this book can be a godsend." --Martha Beck, columnist for O Magazine and author of Finding Your Own North Star and Expecting Adam. "This manual, firmly based on cutting-edge psychological science and theory, details an innovative and rapidly growing approach that can provide you with the power to transform your very experience of life. Highly recommended for all of us." --David H. Barlow, professor of psychology, research professor of psychiatry, and director of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. "This is the quintessential workbook on acceptance and commitment therapy. Written with wit, clinical wisdom, and compassionate skepticism, it succeeds in showing us that, paradoxically, there is great therapeutic value in going out of our minds. Once released from the struggle with thought, we are free to discover that a life of meaning and value is closer at hand than thought allowed. This book will serve patients, therapists, researchers, and educators looking for an elegant exposition of the nuts and bolts of this exciting approach." --Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy and professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Toronto and author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. "This book is a user-friendly tool for clinicians who may be looking for adjunct handouts for clients with a wide variety of issues. Exercises found within can help deepen, structure, or guide experiences contacted in session. As a stand-alone self-help book, it brings to light the guiding principles that make ACT such an empowering approach. I highly recommend this book to clinicians and laypeople alike." --Sandra Georgescu, Psy.D., assistant professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

      Acknowledgmentsp. ix
      Introductionp. 1
      ACT: What It Is and How It Can Help You
      Suffering: Psychological Quicksand
      The Ubiquity of Human Suffering
      Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values
      Commitment and Values-Based Living
      Human Sufferingp. 9
      Human Suffering Is Universal
      Exercise: Your Suffering Inventory
      The Problem with Pain
      Exercise: The Pain is Gone, Now What?
      The Problem with Pain: Revisited
      Living a Valued Life: An Alternative
      Why Language Leads to Sufferingp. 17
      The Nature of Human Language
      Exercise: Relate Anything to Anything Else
      Exercise: A Screw, a Toothbrush, and a Lighter
      Why Language Creates Suffering
      Exercise: A Yellow Jeep
      Exercise: Don't Think About Your Thought
      What You've Been Doing
      Exercise: The Coping Strategies Worksheet
      The Problem with Getting Rid of Things-Squared
      Experiential Avoidance
      The Mind-Train
      The Pull of Avoidancep. 33
      Why We Do What Can't Work
      Accepting the Possibility That Experiential Avoidance Can't Work
      So, What Are You Supposed to Do?
      Exercise: The Blame Game
      Exercise: Judging Your Own Experience: Examining What Works
      Moving On
      Exercise: What Are You Feeling and Thinking Now?
      Letting Gop. 43
      If You're Not Willing to Have It, You Will
      Acceptance and Willingness
      Exercise: Why Willingness?
      Willingness and Distress
      Exercise: Being Willingly Out of Breath
      The "Willingness to Change" Question
      The Trouble with Thoughtsp. 53
      Thought Production
      Exercise: What Are You Thinking Right Now?
      Why Thinking Has Such an Impact
      Exercise: Your Daily Pain Diary
      Looking at Your Thoughts Rather Than from Your Thoughts
      The Mind-Train
      Exercise: Watching the Mind-Train
      Having a Thought Versus Buying a Thoughtp. 69
      Cognitive Defusion: Separating Your Thoughts from Their Referents
      Exercise: Say the Word "Milk" as Fast as You Can
      Exercise: Labeling Your Thoughts
      Exercise: Floating Leaves on a Moving Stream
      Exercise: Describing Thoughts and Feelings
      Exercise: Exploring the Difference Between Descriptions and Evaluations
      Creating Your Own Cognitive Defusion Techniques
      If I'm Not My Thoughts, Then Who Am I?p. 87
      Considering Your Self-Conceptualizations
      The Three Senses of Self
      Exercise: Retelling Your Own Story
      Being the Observing Self
      Exercise: Experientially, I'm Not That
      Getting Started
      Exercise: Tracking Your Thoughts in Time
      Taking the Next Step
      Mindfulnessp. 105
      Daily Practice
      The Practice
      Exercise: Be Where You Are
      Exercise: Silent Walking
      Exercise: Cubbyholing
      Exercise: Eating Raisins
      Exercise: Drinking Tea
      Exercise: Eating Mindfully
      Exercise: Listening to Classical Music
      Exercise: Be Mindful of Your Feet While You Read This
      Exercise: Just Sitting
      Mindfulness in Context
      What Willingness Is and Is Notp. 121
      What Needs to Be Accepted?
      Exercise: What Needs to Be Accepted
      The Goal of Willingness
      Willingness: Learning How to Jumpp. 133
      The Willingness Scale
      Taking a Jump
      Exercise: Willingness Scale Worksheet
      Using Your Skills and Learning Some New Ones
      Exercise: Physicalizing
      Exercise: Giving Your Target a Form
      Exercise: The Tin-Can Monster
      Exercise: Acceptance in Real-Time
      What Are Values?p. 153
      Values as Chosen Life Directions
      What Values Are and Are Not
      Choosing Your Valuesp. 165
      The Masters You Serve
      Exercise: Attending Your Own Funeral
      Taking It a Step Further: Ten Valued Domains
      Ranking and Testing Your Values
      Committed Action
      Committing to Doing Itp. 177
      Taking Bold Steps
      Exercise: Goals Worksheet
      Exercise: Making Goals Happen Through Action
      Exercise: Expected Barriers
      Many Maps for Different Journeys
      Building Patterns of Effective Action
      Whose Life Is It Anyway?
      Conclusion: The Choice to Live a Vital Lifep. 195
      The Values and Data Underlying ACTp. 199
      Referencesp. 203
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      ISBN: 9781572244252
      ISBN-10: 1572244259
      Series: New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook Ser.
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 224
      Published: 1st November 2005
      Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 27.8 x 21.5  x 1.3
      Weight (kg): 0.54