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

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Get ready to take a different perspective on your problems and your life—and the way you live it.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy. What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to control
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by New Harbinger Publications (first published September 30th 2005)
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Sep 20, 2009 heather rated it did not like it
As much as I want to agree with the stop-thinking asceticism of cognitive behaviorism meets buddhism ("We're not saying don't feel your feelings! Feel them so deeply you don't care! Um! This makes sense to me sometimes while I'm at ACT therapy seminars!"), it just doesn't work for the more think-y among us. I like being in my mind. Being in my mind is being in my life. Finding varying ways to relate to pain -- sometimes cowering from it and sometimes snuggling up to it -- is what marks me as a h ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Kristoff rated it it was amazing
This is far and away the most usefull and insightful self help/therapy book I have ever used. I chose the word "used" over "read" quite intentionally. I did not use it in a vacuum- rather did it while in therapy with a trained ACT therapist. That isn't to say that it couldn't be helpful on its own. It is important that you do the activities and I believe it is essential to discuss with another your activities, thoughts and impression.

Let me finish with this. I sincerely believe in ACT- and I bel
Jun 15, 2015 Karin rated it it was amazing
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. Regardless, I have finally finished it and feel like I am okay to be finished. :-) My OCD used to be crippling. I still feel like I have OCD, but it no longer controls me (most of the time); which means that I no longer qualify under the DSM as having OCD. I feel so liberated compared to where I was when I started this book. It is desig ...more
Oct 20, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: mental-health
Steven C. Hayes' "acceptance and commitment therapy," or ACT, is the "you are not your thoughts" philosophy of cognitive behavioral therapy with a different label slapped on top of it.

I found this book pedantic and dry, which is really not a necessary component of a self-help book. In fact, I would hope that a book about getting back into one's life would be sort of the opposite.

Yes, there were some useful exercises contained herein. However, I honestly could not recommend it to a friend or coll
Oct 18, 2008 John rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
This is a slow, slow read, with too many exercies that do not lead you very far into understaning the authors aims. The book meanders, is excessively long, and all of what is said could fit into a smaller, better edited work. I kept thinking as I read--what is the point.
Morgan Blackledge
Dec 29, 2010 Morgan Blackledge rated it it was amazing
Game Changer. Must Read
Jen Marin
I probably wouldn't have read this book if it hadn't been assigned. It might make a fine introduction to the material, but I have read other books on mindfulness based psychology that appealed to me more. Written in a workbook style, the authors invite the reader to take stock of their patterns, accept their faults, and find out what it is that they really want out of life. Commitment to action in congruence with our values provides us with ballast when times are rough as well as with trajectory ...more
Claire Lehmann
Apr 15, 2013 Claire Lehmann rated it liked it
Steven Haye’s approach to treating anxiety deftly combines aspects post-structuralist knowledge (i.e. the power of language to influence experience) with evolutionary psychology (e.g. the functionality of cognitions/emotions). For me, this book was good, but I was a little put off by the constant exercises required of its ‘workbook’ format.

For the readers who wish to delve more deeply into Haye’s theoretical approach, I would suggest looking up ‘Relational Frame Theory’. Unfortunately there don
Fr. Ted
Jan 14, 2015 Fr. Ted rated it liked it
This book came highly recommended to me and I wanted to read it to evaluate it for possibly recommending it to others. The book though really is a self help workbook, and is not meant to read theoretically but rather is meant to be used to help individuals put into practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It is a method of dealing with psychological pain and suffering which relies on meditation and mindfulness. Might be best for someone already in therapy who has a desire to do a little ...more
Ahmed Abdelsattar
Jun 11, 2014 Ahmed Abdelsattar rated it liked it
I think the book tells us that blaming doesn't help because it's a negative behavior.
Response-ability is related to mindful thinking.
The keyword to be better is mindfulness.
The book should have been written in a more simple language.
We must observe our negative feelings because they lead to more negative feelings so we go deeper and deeper in sadness>>
Really we are creatures of our history and we are imprisoned in it.
The exercises are hard to do because they need too much imagination, they
Jan 05, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: msw-therapy
ACT is a powerful therapy. I recommend this book to anyone who has experienced episodes of depression or anxiety.
The book held one distraction for me - it kept justifying it's own existence and assuming skepticism on the part of the reader. Maybe that's well-founded in many cases, but I thought it was unhelpful.
Bill Graner
Apr 14, 2015 Bill Graner rated it it was amazing
The heavy hitter. Although it looks like your average self-help book, "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life" is an amazing primer on self-guided ACT Therapy. I got really into it, according to Moorea, she's saw a positive change in my personality in like 3 weeks.
I've researched the background of ACT, and it seems to be comprised of many traditional elements from Eastern thinking, mainly Buddhist practices, which have been clinically tested for efficacy as therapy.
The basic idea: Psychological
Jan 05, 2008 Sally rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people wanting to help themselves effectively.
A very helpful book for those wishing to take charge of their lives and not be controled by their undesirable feelings, thoughts, etc. Combines Eastern wisdom and behaviorist psychology for a very effective combination.
Jun 05, 2013 Jon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I enjoyed learning a little about this theory of change and psychotherapy. I look forward to learning a little more about the approach. The writing was a little difficult at times, but the ideas seem solid to me.
Jun 19, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
Basically the source book for ACT...but fairly complicated for the average reader or therapist. For the therapist I'd recommend ACT Made Simple
Thomas  Jackson
May 04, 2015 Thomas Jackson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Very exciting stuff it will be interesting to watch this type of research continue to grow very thought-provoking I enjoyed it thoroughly
Mar 08, 2009 Marc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-age
One of the best and most useful "self help" books I've encountered. A bit of this, a bit of that. Highly recommended.
Lorain Thompson
Didn't finish this one. Had some interesting Ideas, but I didn't agree with how they leave things.
Dec 03, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok
I stopped reading this because it was hokey and not helpful.
Oct 18, 2013 Tazeen added it
Lots of exercises makes it a good workbook.
Jul 06, 2016 Bria rated it liked it
Yes absolutely if I didn't think I was too cool for something lame like this and fully participated in all the exercises (I did a decent amount of them, but mostly half-heartedly) then I would be the person I want to be right now. Ok, no, in all fairness, it's far too late for that, but I could at least be the closest possible to the person I want to be given how deeply I fucked up the first three decades of my life. But seriously, folks, the message is: life hurts. You will feel pain. This is n ...more
Melissa H.
Feb 22, 2014 Melissa H. rated it really liked it
Great primer on ACT.
Nov 11, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
There's a story about a Cynic, maybe Diogenes himself, in which the philosopher distrusts his own senses so much that his students have to follow him around, lest he walk off cliffs or into burning buildings.

I always think of that story whenever I look at my wife's psychology books. Not that I distrust psychology or my own senses, mind you -- it just seems metaphysically weird to use the mind to diagnose the mind. After all, my mind is the only one to which I have "privileged access" (I think th
Chris Austin
Jan 17, 2015 Chris Austin rated it it was ok
It took me about six months to finish this one, mostly because some sections were so tedious that I had trouble staying with it. The writing style was a bit pedantic at times, particularly with arguments from definition by looking at the etymology of words. This was a very exercise focused workbook, especially early on, with the portions I cared most about not coming until the book was almost done.

The sections on mindfulness were fine, but there's much better material out there - anything by Thi
BasementBoi BasementBoi
Jan 24, 2014 BasementBoi BasementBoi rated it it was amazing
Great book! I found Cognitive behavior therapy always a bit esoteric and idealistic, because it put so much focus on the content of your thoughts.
ACT was developed from a radical behaviorist background, and concentrates on the context of thoughts and feelings, which to me, seems much more helpful, because you learn, that you still can behave/live your life the way you want, even in the face of difficult psychological content.
It is not neccessary to change your thoughts or feelings, before you
Hannah  Kim
Apr 13, 2015 Hannah Kim rated it it was amazing
If you look for a practical self-help book, I would strongly like to recommend this book. Many self-help books can make you feel happy for a while, but this book will make you work on your issues and help you make a progress.
Nov 06, 2015 Hamster rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with anxiety, depression, addictions, or dealing with traumatic events.
Recommended to Hamster by: Proffesor at Brigham Young University
Yes, as is the case with most creative geniuses (i.e. the Joker), I have mental problems. This book seems way ahead of its time. It teaches you to just stop caring about stuff you can't change. Imagine that...being happy even when you're not. If you're confused now, wait until you read the book. I think I need to hire a psychologist to explain it to me.
I've been reading it a lot less lately....either the book is working or I'm losing interest.
Update: Although the principals are revolutionary and
Jul 13, 2016 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Good book for me to learn about ACT with both a theoretical overview and techniques to apply.
Nov 15, 2014 Eddie rated it really liked it
You down with ACT? Yeah, you know me.
Jul 17, 2015 Dtpilgrim rated it it was amazing
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Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of thirty-four books and more than 470 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and cofounded ACT, a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas. Hayes has been president of several scientific s ...more
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“What we need to learn to do is to look at thought, rather than from thought.” 2 likes
“When you try not to think of something, you do that by creating this verbal rule: “Don’t think of x.” That rule contains x, so it will tend to evoke x, just as the sounds “gub-gub” can evoke a picture of an imaginary animal. Thus, when we suppress our thoughts, we not only must think of something else, we have to hold ourselves back from thinking about why we are doing that. If we check to see whether our efforts are working, we will remember what we are trying not to think and we will think it. The worrisome thought thus tends to grow. If” 1 likes
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