• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • How to Get Out of the ‘Worry Trap’ Using ACT. A Simple Guide to Relieve Stress and Overcome Fear. Start Living an Easy, Carefree Life
  • By: David Lawson PhD
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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You find yourself facing a painful situation, but do you have the emotional resources to overcome it?

Expectations have been placed upon you to fight against pain and difficult situations and conquer them. Unfortunately, you have fallen into a trap.

Pain, anger, fear, sadness, and shame are notoriously difficult emotions to manage as they have been forged by nature to protect us.

Fighting these emotions with the so-called wisdom that you have received only makes the situation worse – chances are that you have not even noticed this, as you have misplaced your faith in such "wisdom".

It is natural for humans to suffer. However, suffering is not just about physical or psychological pain. People also suffer from emotional pain, doubts in self-worth, uncomfortable feelings, and painful memories. Because we dread or worry about suffering, we do everything we can to avoid such feelings. We constantly seek to minimize our suffering.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) focuses on the problem of human suffering, but it also deals with much deeper matters. It addresses the understanding of human suffering as an important factor in realizing a good life. This new form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) asks important questions such as, “What is my real purpose in life?” 

You need to listen to this book if you have suffered any of the following in the last three months:

  • Anxiety, depression, or anger; intense or uncontrollable emotional explosions
  • Instability in interpersonal relationships and self-esteem; concerns about abandonment
  • Feeling desperately misunderstood, feelings of helplessness and despair, self-harm and notions of suicide

What you will learn from this book:

  • You will learn to notice your thoughts, images, or memories, recognizing them for the products of the mind that they are, and not absolute realities.
  • You will learn to look at your own experience from a privileged position, from above, decentralized, promoting the perception of your own emotional experience.
  • You will learn to give up control of your thoughts and let them go, give them space, sort through them, and thus diminish the influence and the power that they wield.

The progression of human suffering can look like this:

  • Pain, resulting in negative thinking or self-doubt
  • Negative thinking or self-doubt resulting in negative feelings such as sadness or depression
  • Sadness or depression that could lead to stress or muscle tension. Stress or muscle tension that could lead to more pain
©2019 David Lawson PhD (P)2020 David Lawson PhD

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Wow audio book

Amazing format: It's a series of exercises to guide you through the process, much like an expensive shrink might do. It's not just telling you something. You experience it every step of the way (as you do the guided exercises). Buy one for each person who needs it. It's really more of a work audio book than a text audio book and it's worth being able to mark up and fill in as you go along.

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Nice audio book

I’m not sure I’d recommend this to just anyone, as the philosophical writing can be a bit heavy for some, but anyone coming to this should walk away having been challenged and made the better for it.

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Lovely audio book

This manual is one of the best therapy audio books I've ever listen. It is comprehensive, easy to understand, and has tons of material useful to therapy.

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Good audio book

The best therapy / meditation / mindfulness audio book / course I've ever Worth the price (less than a copay for a single therapy session ...) and gets at the deeper roots of a lot of psychological distress than most things. We get so tied up in trying to fix ourselves that we forget that just letting it be and moving on might even be an option.

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