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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Distinctive Features by Paul E. Flaxman, J.T. Blackledge, Frank W. Bond

By Paul E. Flaxman, J.T. Blackledge, Frank W. Bond

What are the exact theoretical and useful positive factors of reputation and dedication therapy?

Acceptance and dedication treatment (ACT) is a contemporary behaviour remedy that makes use of attractiveness and mindfulness interventions along dedication and behavior swap techniques to reinforce mental flexibility. mental flexibility refers back to the skill to touch the current second and alter or persist in behaviour that serves one’s for my part selected values.

Divided into sections, The specified Theoretical gains of ACT and The detailed functional beneficial properties of ACT, this booklet summarises the major beneficial properties of ACT in 30 concise issues and explains how this strategy differs from conventional cognitive behaviour therapy.

Acceptance and dedication Therapy presents an exceptional consultant to behave. Its user-friendly layout will entice people who are new to the sector and supply a convenient reference software for more matured clinicians.

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In the long run, client improvement can be expected when a client simply emits more values-consistent behaviour than she or he is currently receiving and improves quality of life over time (see Point 9) and less frequently avoids aversive experiences on the path toward valued ends. Logically, more frequent and sustained acceptance and values-consistent behaviour would be expected to yield more robust change, but may not be necessary for less robust changes. A related issue brings up an important caveat that applies when helping clients understand the nature and purpose of 23 ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY acceptance within the context of ACT.

There is a second reason (involving a differential focus on formal versus abstract stimulus properties between presentcentredness and thinking) that contact with the present moment may serve a defusive function. To understand this reason, however, several terms must ®rst be discussed. Wilson, Hayes, Gregg, and Zettle (2001, pp. 219±222), among other authors, have suggested that evaluative language is at the core of psychological distress and psychopathology. In other words, 46 DISTINCTIVE THEORETICAL FEATURES OF ACT our verbal capacity to label things and aspects of our experience as good or bad, desirable or undesirable, worthy or unworthy, forgivable or unforgivable (and so on) is a primary culprit in leading us to feel bad about ourselves, our potential, and the world around us.

Setting values-consistent goals can help serve this purpose. In some cases, goals may be relatively short term, such as when a father who values being loving and supportive of his son sets a goal of attending the boy's Saturday football games, or when a woman valuing a close, caring, loving relationship sets a goal of reserving three nights a week for one-on-one time with her partner. In other 41 ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY cases, goals may be longer term. For example, a high-school graduate who values a career where he or she can be creative, help others, and contribute to the ®eld might likely need to set goals involving applying to colleges, graduating, applying for graduate schools, etc.

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