Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [NOOK Book]

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a new approach to psychotherapy that rethinks even our most basic assumptions of mental well-being. Starting with the assumption that the normal condition of human existence is suffering and struggle, ACT works by first encouraging individuals to accept their lives as they are in the here and now. This acceptance is an antidote to the problem of avoidance, which ACT views as among the greatest risk factors for unnecessary suffering and poor mental health. The process of ...

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Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Overview

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a new approach to psychotherapy that rethinks even our most basic assumptions of mental well-being. Starting with the assumption that the normal condition of human existence is suffering and struggle, ACT works by first encouraging individuals to accept their lives as they are in the here and now. This acceptance is an antidote to the problem of avoidance, which ACT views as among the greatest risk factors for unnecessary suffering and poor mental health. The process of ACT includes help for individuals to identify a set of core values, a personal set of objectives that matter to them personally. The therapy then encourages the individual to commit to behavior that furthers these values despite potentially painful emotional obstacles.


Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life offers a five-step plan for coping with painful emotions such as anxiety and depression. It teaches you how to learn life-enhancing behavior strategies that work to further the goals you value most. You'll learn to engage with and overcome painful thoughts and feelings with step-by-step acceptance and mindfulness-based techniques. You'll find out how to let go of control, and develop compassion and flexibility. The realization that painful feelings cannot be controlled will open you to the possibility of fully emotional living. Once present, engaged, and aware, you can begin to build new lives for yourself filled with significance and meaning. This book is not about overcoming pain or fighting emotions; it's about embracing life and feeling everything it has to offer. In this way, it offers a way out of suffering by choosing to life a life based on what matters most.

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"If you're tired of standard psychological parlance and still frustrated with your quality of life, this book can be a godsend." —-Martha Beck, columnist for O Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608821433
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 81,254
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Afterword writer Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., is University of Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of numerous books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, as well as hundred of articles and book chapters on related subjects.

Spencer Xavier Smith is a freelance writer and editor based in Santa Rosa, CA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2006

    A helpful book

    I have read about these techniques in other books, so I don't agree that this is a new form of therapy. However, I did find the book remarkably well written with excellent examples that help to make the information stick.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Great Book But Not To be Used Alone

    This is a great book but must be used in conjunction with a trained
    therapist who understands and has been trained in how to use this
    method of therapy. It is NOT for anyone to just pick off the shelf and use.
    It is NOT a self-help book. It works extremely well in conjunction with
    Dr. Yapko's CD series which includes some hypnosis tracks - but again,not
    without the guidance and therapy sessions with a well-trained therapist.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    This book CAN be used without a therapist...

    While having access to a therapist is better than not, this book is still packed with great tools and can be used without a therapist. Highy recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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