Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada. There are also chapters devoted to mindfulness, identifying our values, and acting based on our values. Though, as also noted within, this not-simple paradigm is more so due to it being so contrary to common wisdom concerning our mental and emotional lives, rather than being inherently complex. the power of language to influence experience) with evolutionary psychology (e.g.

We are so used to believing we're in complete control of our thoughts/emotions, that we are singular selves with a monolithic personal story, to be confronted with the opposite is daunting and confusing. We’d love your help. Summary : If you could only get past feelings of embarrassment, fear, self-criticism, and self-doubt, how would your life be different? Steven Hayes can give you some useful means for that. . If you try to escape from quicksand you’ll get sucked in,  but if you relax you’ll float on the surface. I started it with an amazing therapist and have been working through it for the last few years on my own. Whatever causes problems in my life is going on somewhere deeper, so I don’t think this would be the book for me. the functionality of cognitions/emotions). It’s also available as part of the Therapy Mini-Ebook Collection. What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to control painful experience were the cause of suffering and long-term problems that can devastate your quality of life? Finding varying ways to relate to pain -- sometimes cowering from it and sometimes snuggling up to it -- is what marks me as a human being. Steven Haye’s approach to treating anxiety deftly combines aspects post-structuralist knowledge (i.e.

Might be best for someone already in therapy who has a desire to do a little more for themselves in terms of dealing with things like social anxiety disorders and depression. ACT is a relatively new theory and is in need of continued work, a process that thankfully is ongoing and shows a great deal of promise. I’ll give one example. The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, “With kindness, erudition, and humor, the authors of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life educate readers into a new way of thinking about psychological issues in general and life satisfaction in particular. I enjoyed learning a little about this theory of change and psychotherapy. I like the stream and the leaves. Basically the source book for ACT...but fairly complicated for the average reader or therapist. It is desig, I don't know if this book is as profound as I think it is, or if I was just in the right place at the right time for this book to be a major game-changer for me.