Acceptance And Commitment Therapy ( Act )

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the recent contemporary psychological interventions used today. Researched over the past 40 years, and more effectively utilized in the past decade for a diverse range of clinical conditions. The initial industry reaction to (ACT) was free- flowing, both positive and negative. Nevertheless, Hayes (2008) suggested that the negative reactions mainly stemmed from just the misunderstandings of ACT. Hofmann & Asmundson (2008) had much to say about the technical level (ACT), and made comment that it was too similar to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Some would argue “too similar” ever so “minor” (Corrigan, 2001, Hofmann, 2008; Hofmann & Asmundson, 2008; Leahy, 2008; Ost & Velten, 2007)…show more content…
Core components of (ACT) are acceptance and mindfulness. Techniques which come from a Buddhism philosophy, suggesting the way to emerge from suffering, is to firstly accept and identify its origin, and then detach from its source (Hart, 1987). One of ACT’s assumptions is that suffering is normal and unavoidable; and part of human experiences; but it’s the attempt to control or avoid painful experiences that lead to suffering. (ACT) paves the way to help let go of the struggles of pain; and be mindful of these negative thoughts. The goal of (ACT) is to increase psychological flexibility through its core processes, as a positive skill and not avoidance. (ACT) can improve one’s health through learning the processes of how to accept willingly what is actually in our personal control. The aim is not to fight or struggle with our internal thoughts, but to understand what isn’t in our control, and accept what is going on, and how to deal with that. Now its human nature to try and control our thoughts or to the contrary we may just tend to avoid them. However, efforts to control or elimination these can actually interfere and create barriers with moving toward personally-identified and valued goals. (ACT) will teach psychological skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively,
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