Values

Committed action – The final piece of our puzzle

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a behavioral therapeutic approach. The goal is to support people in establishing patterns of behavior that result in a fulfilling and meaningful life. Often, it is the case that moving toward goals we set for ourselves can be very difficult—think New Years Resolutions! The reason New Years Resolutions can …

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Values: What are the things that matter, and how do we decide what to reach for?

Our sixth post in our psychological flexibility series is about values! Something that each one of our previous posts has touched on, but not fully explored. We have covered a lot of material in the last five posts, so let’s do a quick recap: first, remember that psychological flexibility is the process of remaining fully …

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Psychological Flexibility – Acceptance v. Experiential Avoidance

“Metaphorically, acceptance means abandoning digging as a way out of a hole.” People are used to following a whole bunch of rules while we live our lives: you stop at red lights, when there is a line, stand in it, and never propose at someone else’ wedding! But there is an even more basic rule about …

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Psychological Flexibility: Time to relax my thinking

Psychological flexibility: the process of remaining fully in contact with the present moment, in a way that helps us act out behavior that is in line with our values, even in the face of difficult thoughts/emotions. Have you ever wished that you could control upsetting feelings of anxiety, fears, or unwanted thoughts and memories? One …

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