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What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?


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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a treatment approach that is rooted in Buddhist philosophy. It is considered a third-generation behavioral therapy, coming after strict behavioral approaches and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The premise of ACT is that the normal mind can develop destructive psychological processes. It is believed that language is at the core of many difficulties, because it gives rise to negative thoughts.

The goal of ACT is not to reduce symptoms but to learn how to accept and detach from them. Symptom reduction is expected to be a byproduct of this process. ACT involves the use of metaphors, exercises, behavioral interventions and mindfulness skills training. Although there is some evidence of the effectiveness of ACT in treating social anxiety disorder (SAD), more research is required.

Also Known As: ACT

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