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)
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(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, guiding you through the commitment process and taking action to improve and enrich one’s life.
Action and Commitment are behavioral changes that come from concrete goals. These behavioral changes are related to psychological barriers which are addressed through the processes of (ACT). Commitment is realized by patterns of flexible and effective responses. The ability to move in a forward direction towards personal goals values, by using defusion to dissolve barriers and using acceptance through directive action. It will also bring to the surface things that are truly important to you,
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