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A Liberated Mind

How to Pivot Toward What Matters
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"In all my years studying personal growth, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the most useful tools I've ever come across, and in this book, Dr. Hayes describes it with more depth and clarity than ever before." (Mark Manson, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)

Life is not a problem to be solved. ACT shows how we can live full and meaningful lives by embracing our vulnerability and turning toward what hurts.

In this landmark audiobook, the originator and pioneering researcher into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) lays out the psychological flexibility skills that make it one of the most powerful approaches research has yet to offer. These skills have been shown to help even where other approaches have failed. Science shows that they are useful in virtually every area - mental health (anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD); physical health (chronic pain, dealing with diabetes, facing cancer); social processes (relationship issues, prejudice, stigma, domestic violence); and performance (sports, business, diet, exercise).

How does psychological flexibility help? We struggle because the problem-solving mind tells us to run from what causes us fear and hurt. But we hurt where we care. If we run from a sense of vulnerability, we must also run from what we care about. By learning how to liberate ourselves, we can live with meaning and purpose, along with our pain when there is pain.

Although that is a simple idea, it resists our instincts and programming. The flexibility skills counter those ingrained tendencies. They include noticing our thoughts with curiosity, opening to our emotions, attending to what is in the present, learning the art of perspective taking, discovering our deepest values, and building habits based around what we deeply want.

Beginning with the epiphany Steven Hayes had during a panic attack, this audiobook is a powerful narrative of scientific discovery filled with moving stories as well as advice for how we can put flexibility skills to work immediately. Hayes shows how allowing ourselves to feel fully and think freely moves us toward commitment to what truly matters to us. Finally, we can live lives that reflect the qualities we choose.

©2019 Steven C. Hayes (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"In all my years studying personal growth, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the most useful tools I've ever come across, and in this book, Dr. Hayes describes it with more depth and clarity than ever before." (Mark Manson, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)

"Steven Hayes possesses an extraordinary trifecta of skills: A brilliant theoretical and research psychologist, he’s also a compassionate clinician and a wonderfully engaging writer. A Liberated Mind is packed with jewels of insight and information that could change the way we deal with suffering as individuals and as a society. A compelling, revelatory read." (Martha Beck PhD, author of Finding Your Own North Star)

"Written for a very broad audience, Dr. Hayes is able to clearly translate the science and clinical complexity of this treatment into concrete guiding principles for people's lives. These principles not only apply to psychological suffering, but also to physical illnesses, relationships, corporations, societies, and cultures. The book is honest, compassionate, and profoundly insightful. It will transform your life by liberating your mind." (Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, professor of psychology at Boston University)

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Great book!!!

I'm a social worker in the field of mental health rehabilitation and practice ACT.
Im in the middle of the book but I find it so informative and inspiring that I decided to write a review now!
The book is so great because of the way Steve Hayes skilfully walks the reader through the science and practice of ACT while keeping it Authentic and genuine. Even though Im just in the middle of the book but I know I'm going to come back to it again and again
Thank you!

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The freedom of love in words

Steve wrote many books and articles, but this book reaches new dimensions. The capacity to deeply touch me, that have been working, developing and researching in the area for more than a decade and to also be able to resonate with my partner that is as far as possible one can be from psychology or psychotherapy is an art. And yes, this book expresses the heart of not only Steve, but the heart, hands, and art of our CBS community (Contextual Behavioral Sciences).

To be able to put all the evidence in Part I in a way that is interesting for the general public is per see something unique. Then part 2 digs into how to do meaningful and relevant pivots in life with the 6 core processes for att finally in part 3 learn how to create your own way to increase your behavioral flexibility, the capacity to navigate difficulties in life without getting stuck in old and dysfunctional avoidance mechanisms and thus, being able to grow and blossom.

Highly recommended!
Graciela Rovner, PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine

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A New Classic

Dr Hayes has summarizes the history of leading methodologies in our field and presents this information in a meaningful perspective. His work brings science and spirit together to provide the most effective methodologies.
His work is respected and is popping up in other fields including behavior analysis.
Dr Hayes is generous in sharing his methodologies as well as his research. It is exciting to find a resource for anxiety that I can use both professionally as well as personally.
Although I enjoyed the audio version, I will order the printed book for future reference.

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Open up to what really matters

Having read and loved Steven’s previous work, this book takes those ideas and greatly expands both the science and how these pivots can create deeply positive impacts in your life. Highly recommend.

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Good as an action manual for those in need

I went into this book expecting a sort of history of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy combined with a pop-sci feel. While it certainly covers the history of psychotherapy and the development of ACT, it is very much also a workbook filled with actionable steps and exercises for people currently in need of an improvement in their mental well-being.

One thing I appreciate about Hayes is that he is a dedicated scientist. He makes it clear where ACT has strong scientific support and also points out where the studies are lacking. I am not experienced enough with mental health methods to judge the validity of ACT versus CBT or any other approach, but I do like when an author not only has spent decades refining what he/she advocates but also is upfront about its limitations.

While I didn't read this in order to address any current issue I was personally having, there are MANY exercises in the second and third parts of the book for those of you who are seeking help, and I know all of us can use a mental tune-up from time to time. Still, my general recommendation for this book would be not as something everyone should read (just b/c I gave it 5 stars), but rather as a tool to read when it becomes necessary (for anxiety, depression, etc.).

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