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Acceptance and Commitment TherapyKari Morgan19 April 2015Abnormal Psychology
1ACT, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, is a type of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that focuses on mindfulness. The main idea behind ACT is toaccept the fate of the given situation and to commit to a plan that will improve and benefit the quality of life. Thereare two main processes of ACT. These processes focus on “developing acceptance of unwanted private experiences which are out of personal control” and “commitment and action towards living a valued life” (Harris, 2006, p. 5).The first core principle of ACT is defusion which means “we are able to ‘step back’ and observe language, without being caught up in it” (Harris, 2006, p. 6). Corrine keeps telling herself that she cannot manage to go back to college because she is older and doesn’t have the ability to do the things that the younger generation can do like use the computer or read a textbook. By changing the way she thinks about her low self-esteem, Corrine can distance herselffrom these negative thoughts. By realizing that these thoughts are justthoughts running through her head, Corrine will be able to boost her self-esteem.