ACT with Love: Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT with Love: Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

by Russ Harris

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Overview

Popular myths about love set us up for a struggle with real life. The inconvenient truth is there's no such thing as a perfect partner, all couples fight, and feelings of love come and go like the weather. But that doesn't mean you can't have a joyful and romantic relationship. Through a simple program based on the revolutionary new mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you can learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively and engage fully in the process of living and loving together.

With your partner or alone, ACT with Love will teach you how to:•Let go of conflict, open up, and live fully in the present•Use mindfulness to increase intimacy, connection, and understanding•Resolve painful conflicts and reconcile long-standing differences•Act on your values to build a rich and meaningful relationship

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572246225
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Professional
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 107,386
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Russ Harris is an internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author of the best-selling ACT-based self-help book The Happiness Trap, which has sold over 600,000 copies and been published in thirty languages. He is widely renowned for his ability to teach ACT in a way that is simple, clear, and fun—yet extremely practical.

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ACT with Love: Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
david7466 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is grounded in the ACT (acceptance committment therapy) approach used by several psychologists. It has a Buddhist slant since it's about being "mindful." That said, I found it to be very helpful by pointing out all the ways we can help drive things wrong in our relationships rather than just our partners. The author acknowledges that there are some real situations where people should just leave - abuse, etc - but doesn't address those in this book. He's all about examing our own behaviors and identifying ways in which we tell ourselves stories that sort of program our minds to see our partners in particular ways. By looking at our thoughts about our partners or what they do or do not do we can separate ourselves from those thoughts. It's a lot of work, but the author points out that whatever we are experiencing with one person now we will likely experience with someone else, the grass is not always greener. So, better to work on what you have rather than on what might be. My only gripe with the book is that the author tends to be a bit repetitive in his writing and probably could have made this much shorter.
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