How can Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) help us all to be more psychologically flexible?

In May I was lucky enough to attend training by Ray Owen, an internationally acclaimed trainer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a very practical model. It takes the view that life will always have positive and more difficult times, and that aiming to live a life without any negative emotions is not feasible. Instead its aim is to develop a meaningful life in the face of difficulties if they cannot be changed (such as the loss of a loved one). In ACT thoughts themselves are not viewed as the problem (as thoughts come and go all the time). The key thing is how we react to these thoughts e.g. giving up, getting tangled, dwelling, avoiding things, trying to solve things that ca

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