Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach by Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, Kelly G. Wilson

By Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, Kelly G. Wilson

Such a lot therapists and consumers think extra important existence will be attained by way of overcoming detrimental suggestions and emotions. but regardless of efforts to accomplish this objective, a lot of people proceed to endure with habit issues, adjustment problems, and occasional existence delight. This quantity provides a different psychotherapeutic procedure that addresses the matter of mental soreness by way of changing the very flooring on which rational swap recommendations relaxation. attractiveness and dedication treatment (ACT) focuses specifically at the methods consumers comprehend and perpetuate their problems via language. supplying a finished evaluation of the technique and distinct instructions for perform, this ebook indicates how interventions in line with metaphor, paradox, and experiential workouts can allow consumers to wreck freed from language traps, triumph over universal behavioral difficulties, and increase common existence pride.

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This book is based on a particular philosophy and a set of theoretical concepts that differ notably from those within the psychological 18 THE PROBLEM AND THE APPROACH mainstream. If the core philosophies of ACT are understood, many techniques can be added to it and it will still be ACT. ACT is an approach, based on a theory and set firmly within a philosophical tradition. It is to that tradition that we now turn. FUNCTIONAL CONTEXTUALISM ACT is based on functional contextualism (Hayes, 1993; Hayes, Hayes, & Reese, 1988; Biglan & Hayes, 1996).

Ultimate analytic goals are thus the foundation of contextualism. Such goals must simply be stated and owned—naked and in the wind, so to speak. Many contextualists have erred on this point. They have argued that their goals are the goals, but this is an inherently dogmatic position (see Hayes, 1993, for a discussion and several examples). Skinner, for 22 THE PROBLEM AND THE APPROACH instance, argued that the goals of science are prediction and control, but it is truer to a contextualistic approach to say that these were his goals for his science (Skinner, 1953, p.

A second variety of augmental is the formative augmental. Formative augmentals establish some new event as an important consequence. Suppose, for example, you are told for the first time that bon in French is the same as bueno in Spanish, and that bueno in Spanish is the same as bra in Swedish, and that bra in Swedish is the same as good in English. If good already functions as a reinforcer, this rule alone may make it possible to teach new skills by consequating appropriate performances with bon, bueno, or bra.

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