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Publisher's Summary

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life introduces Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a new approach to psychotherapy that reevaluates our most basic assumptions about mental health, and details how ACT can help you to embrace life and everything it has to offer.

©2005 Steven C. Hayes and Spencer Smith (P)2011 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"If you're tired of standard psychological parlance and still frustrated with your quality of life, this book can be a godsend." (Martha Beck, columnist for O Magazine)
"Trying to 'change' negative thoughts through cognitive gymnastics is like trying to win a war single-handedly. Why waste a life trying the impossible? In Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, advocate Dr. Steven Hayes escorts the mildly depressed, angry, and anxiety prone through a new approach to handling suffering - universal human suffering caused by language's illusions. Rather than fighting off bad thoughts and feelings with internal pep talks, Hayes beautifully explains how to embrace those pessimistic and foreboding mental voices (much like welcoming home one's cranky, play-worn children), 'defuse' them with respectful attention, and commit to leading a purposeful life that includes their occasional ranting." (Amazon.com review)

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Mindfulness Psychology - But Get The Book

Would you listen to Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life again? Why?

There are many insights to gain from this book from a mindfulness standpoint. I have read many books on meditation and mindfulness but nothing that has put so much into easy use to help mindfulness yourself from your thoughts.Why Buy The Book? - See Narrator Comments.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

The narrator has very pleasant voice - but there is no emotion, the pace is so constant with little inflection that it is very robotic. The Narration is so robotic it really could have been a robo-voice, but if you ever listened to Text-To-Speech from TextAloud, it is more natural than the narrator. I returned the book because I could not listen to the mind numbing pace, even at 1.10 speed it was faster, but the pace is the same. You need someone with a PASSION for this work to read the book.

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The Gub-Gub goes Whooooooo!

Amazing book a must read for anyone struggling with unhealthy thoughts! Full of very helpful strategies to stop avoiding fearful situations.. This book can help change your life

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A great book for anyone with a word machine

This is very interesting and will probably help millions of people. As a therapist I find this book very usefull, for myself and my clients. A great supplement to traditional cbt, with many good examples and explanations. ACT can be like a Matrix experience for some people. This book is serious written with humor in a caring way.

Love is not every thing, its the only thing. -Steven Hayes, 2016

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Best self-help book for anxiety I have found

I have problem with anxiety (generalized and social) and about year ago I started reading and listening books about this topic. This book was second one I picked and turn out to be the best.

I listened it several times and each time I find something new. ACT therapy is not easy so if someone seriously struggle maybe it is better to look for therapist to help work with material and provide guidance. I also tried some book related to CBT but I am somehow not able to apply CBT techniques to my life.

I also read or listen to: Worry Cure, Happiness Trap, Rewire Your Anxious Brain, The Solution to Social Anxiety, Worry Trick, Anxiety and Worry Workbook. Each of them has something valuable but this is one I return to because its advices seem to be most effective for me. I also recommend Solution to Social Anxiety by Aziz Gazipura but many of advices and techniques are also included in this book.

This book can be applied to many psychological problem so I recommend give it a try (if you have some patience). Also check Steven C. Hayes Ted talks - they are great.

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Outstanding!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was surprising and refreshing to see a clinical approach to spiritual traditions. The book is very well written and uses great illustrations and analogies to help deepen the understanding. It really resonated with me and has already helped me make dramatic helpful changes in my life (with practice - not just by reading it). Read this book and practice the well designed exercises. I'm going to read it again and again!

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For me the material is difficult to absorb.

I didn't find the techniques useful. Maybe I should seek a therapist to understand ACT.

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Love the content, not the lady's voice

Where does Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Would rather hear Steven's voice. It is great, and it's weird to hear his writing in a "happy" lady's voice. Her sing-song way to talking seems inappropriate for the content and makes me not want to listen. Although I love the content.

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I am a clinical social worker / therapist. A/A+

I love the way it's written. The author practices like he preaches. The book is written in a methodical and intriguing fashion yet, with an incredibly high possibility for reader comprehension.. Can't wait to become "willing with mine and my clients" anxiety. " really cool book!

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Get this book

It will help you see what is happening with you, and what to do. I am grateful for it.

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Incredible Book!!

I’ve read many self help books through out my life and this one is one of the best! Tricky to grasp but well worth it. I’m going for my 3rd listen.

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  • Saffy
  • 04-20-15

Narrator sounds like a robot

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really can't imagine that anyone would be able to put up with the robotic narration. Read the print book if you can.

What could Spencer Smith and Steven C. Hayes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't think there is anything wrong with the book. It came highly recommended to me but due to visual problems I decided to download the audio version. It's a shame that the author's work has been let down by the narrator.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

Anyone !

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life?

Didn't listen to enough of it to find out. Gave up early on due to the narrator.

Any additional comments?

I will be requesting a credit refund for this.

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  • gordon sims
  • 05-25-16

Poorly Read

What would have made Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life better?

I'm familiar and a fan of Steven Hayes' work, and was really looking forward to this. However the narration is poor, it at times feels like I'm listening to a computer generated narration like google map directions. Its early days, still getting through chapter one, but at this rate I'm unlikely to finish the book. If I do, it will only because I'm already 'a convert' to the ACT model.

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  • claire
  • 05-19-16

This is not a quick read on a plane but.......

This is a real life changer. Rather than a self-help book this gives the tools and the theory to help make sense of things. Audible is a great medium for this and I feel that I have had a real relationship with it that has been sad at times but amazing too. It has delivered!

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