Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
LIVING A LIFE BASED UPON CHOICE RATHER THAN OF CONTROL AND FEAR
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches you to become psychologically flexible, to let go of rigid patterns, and to build a life you choose, rather than a life based on avoiding or fighting feelings.
Many unwanted experiences, including thoughts and feelings, can’t be controlled or avoided, but you can commit to actions that keep you living in line with your personal values.
ACT works in three areas: accept the emotion and be mindful, choose a direction, and then act accordingly.
The first part involves the acceptance of things that are out of your control. Focusing on things outside of your control may cause more distress the more you focus on it. In the second and third area, you are taking charge and committing to the action that will push you forward instead of remaining stagnant in a muck of emotions.