Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has grown out of cognitive behavioral therapy utilizing the insights of mindfulness training. In ACT, people are taught that although thoughts and feelings can influence actions, they don’t have to be controlled by negative thoughts or emotions.
If you had the freedom to act however you wanted, without being limited by negative thoughts and emotions, what would you do? Finding out what truly matters to you and learning to act on that information can help defuse the impact of negative thoughts and emotions. By identifying clear goals, working toward those goals through negative thoughts and emotions, and appreciating achievements, patients learn how to experience more positive emotions that lead to better evaluation of themselves and their lives.
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