A Liberated Mind by Steven Hayes
I am really excited about this book, which is going to be released tomorrow. Steven Hayes is one of the founders of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a latest development in psychotherapy.
ACT fights the cult of happiness and focuses on normalizing psychological discomfort. ACT therapists teach people to pursue what is important despite their psychological difficulties instead of trying to fix the difficulties first and then go about one's dreams. As the result, living according to one's values is what brings vitality back to one's life and becomes, in a sense, an antidote to anxiety, depression, and stress.
Personally, I appreciate everything about ACT. The fact that it is evidence-based and backed up by several decades of research. The philosophy behind it. Its humanism. The people who created it. It inspired my own research and I think, were it not for ACT, Green Light would not have existed...
I am convinced it's going to be another book to which I will be hurrying back in the evening, when all the errands and chores are done (or maybe even before, who knows!)