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Many people seek therapy because they’re emotionally overwhelmed and feel angry at or cut off from others in their lives, yet they’re unable to move beyond the thoughts and feelings that are impeding them. Explore how we can use mindfulness, acceptance, and psychological flexibility to dismantle the automatic mental processes, built into human cognition, that get in the way of true compassion for the self and others, and increase human connection.
Steven Hayes, Ph.D., author of the bestseller Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, is an acknowledged leader of the “third wave” of cognitive psychotherapy, which holds that we should accept even our negative thoughts as an integral part of life, rather than trying to eliminate them. He’s the innovator behind Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
1. Discuss the mental processes that block human connection
2. Explain the role of mindfulness in developing compassion
3. Name 3 characteristics of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy