A Liberated Mind

by Steven C. Hayes · read October 4, 2021


A comprehensive, readable account of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It took a while to get through, but it was both informative and practical, and Hayes' tone felt clear and compassionate.

The six pivots can be more simply summarized with this cheat sheet:

- See our thoughts with enough distance that we can choose what we do next, regardless of our mind's chatter.

- Notice the story we've constructed of our selves and gain perspective about who we are.

- Allow ourselves to feel even when the feelings are painful or create a sense of vulnerability.

- Direct attention in an intentional way rather than by mere habit, noticing what is present here and now, inside us and out.

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