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"Steven Hayes possesses an extraordinary trifecta of skills: A brilliant theoretical and research psychologist, he’s also a compassionate clinician and a wonderfully engaging writer. A Liberated Mind is packed with jewels of insight and information that could change the way we deal with suffering as individuals and as a society. A compelling, revelatory read."–Martha Beck Ph.D, author of Finding Your Own North Star
"Written for a very broad audience, Dr. Hayes is able to clearly translate the science and clinical complexity of this treatment into concrete guiding principles for people's lives. These principles not only apply to psychological suffering, but also to physical illnesses, relationships, corporations, societies, and cultures. The book is honest, compassionate, and profoundly insightful. It will transform your life by liberating your mind."–Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology at Boston University
"The key to evolving consciousness is cultivating a flexible mind—open, present, empowered and aligned with deep values—and Steven Hayes does a brilliant job showing us how. This book is organized around developing six psychological skills that clinical research shows, beyond all other factors, promote flexibility and translate into a happier and healthier life. As you read this illuminating book, you’ll see how these skills are learnable, that you can start right now, and how when woven together, they offer a path to inner freedom."–Tara Brach, Ph.D, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
"In our crisis-ridden society psychological flexibility is more needed than ever. Transcending shallow and ineffective behavioral approaches, Dr. Steven Hayes here presents a methodology, a skill-set, for emotional liberation that enables us to pivot from self-limitation to self-awareness and self-affirmative action."–Gabor Maté MD, author, When The Body Says No: Exploring The Stress-Disease Connection
"We can spend our lives avoiding the thoughts and feelings that cause us pain. But Steve Hayes has become a leader in his field by understanding that things that cause us pain are things about which we care. By learning to use psychological flexibility we can turn toward the difficult places to live with richness and meaning. Compassionate, helpful, and authoritative, A Liberated Mind shows us a powerful way to a fulfilling life."–Susan David, PhD, author of Emotional Agility
"A Liberated Mind provides an outstanding introduction to a psychological approach that has changed many lives by turning us toward focusing on our values. The ideas and advice presented here help us truly understand what matters so that we can live with greater freedom, courage, and joy."–Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress
"Having dealt with his own problems, such as panic attacks, Hayes deftly explains how to pivot by creating habits, accepting vulnerability and changing perspective."–Success Magazine
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- Publication Date : August 27, 2019
- Print Length : 446 pages
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- Publisher : Avery (August 27, 2019)
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- Best Sellers Rank: #74,470 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, I have the advantage of already being familiar with the approach that underlies the book - a type of self-help and talk therapy I've practiced for many years.
If you are NOT familiar with this approach, but would like to learn a little more before committing your time and $$, this review is for you! It's long, but that way you'll get the full picture.
The author, Steven Hayes, is a talk therapist & academic psychologist. He's best known as the founder of a talk therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. He and a small band of researchers began developing ACT decades ago. Early on it was little-known, but that changed in 2006, when TIME magazine ran an article on Hayes & ACT with the title of "Happiness Isn't Normal". That title wasn't strictly accurate - but it did capture a crucial quality of ACT that makes it unique.
Up until quite recently, nearly all modern talk therapies were built around an assumption borrowed from medicine: Namely, that illness of any sort represents a breakdown of our default state of perfect health. Another way to say this is that talk therapies such as CBT traditionally treated anxiety, depression, marital problems, substance abuse, etc., as if they were the psychological equivalents of a broken leg.
All well & good - except that CBT researchers began to discover that some methods that relied on the model didn't work very well - e.g. the idea that clients should dispute "irrational thoughts" and replace them with "rational thoughts," the way a mechanic might switch out a bad fuel injector in your car. Doubts crept in about the "mental health is normal, mental illness is abnormal" method. One response was the "positive psychology" movement - and another response was ACT.
ACT flipped the old assumptions. Similar to Buddhism (but based on science, not religion) the ACT model contended that the typical "normal" for the human mind isn't health, but suffering. What causes the suffering? Where Buddhism talks vaguely of "conditioning", ACT offers a precise model of how our powerful ability to use abstract thought to change the outer world can get us in trouble when it comes to our inner world - the world of our thoughts & emotions. The model further explained why CBT ideas such as "thought fixing" were failing, & what might work better instead.
Suffice to say that where in 2006, many in the field were skeptical of ACT, today psychology has swung around to the extent that many ACT concepts have been widely adopted by those doing new research within CBT. Terms include "acceptance", "self-compassion", "values", "mindfulness", "psychological flexibility", etc. It's a different ballgame thanks to ACT & other "third-wave" therapies, e.g. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Back to this book. Put simply, "A Liberated Mind" is Hayes's attempt to take ACT techniques and popularize them for everyone - whether or not you have a diagnosed mental illness. You might be a parent juggling kids & work; or someone stressed by social media & doomful headlines; or struggling to cope with an illness; or wanting to make a move or change in your life but scared about how to start. This book is for all of that, and more.
That 2006 TIME article I mentioned? One direct effect of the article was to boost sales for Hayes's then brand-new self-help book, "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life." The book became a best-seller and remains so even today. You can think of "A Liberated Mind" as being like "Get Out of Your Mind" - only for ALL readers.
Two other neat things about this book:
- Hayes walks us through both his professional and personal lives. The professional tour helps us understand how psychology evolved as a field and how it has intersected with the popular culture that surrounds us. And the personal tour gives us an inspiring inside look at how Hayes first hit upon the core moves of ACT in his struggle to cope with panic attacks as a young man. The author's willingness to share is what gives much of this book its power.
- The bulk of the book is a manual of how to learn the core skills taught by ACT. The tips in these chapters are clearer than anything I've seen in an ACT self-help book. Plus there are plenty of anecdotes showing how real-life people have used the skills to move forward in their life.
That's what ACT hopes to give to us. The model speaks compassionately of pain as inherent to the human experience - yet at the same time speaks to the potential we have for lives of purpose, meaning, joy, connection. In a word, liberation.
Dr. Hayes discusses just how hard it is for a person to live with a never ending stream of thoughts - many of which are unkind, dishonest, and destructive. Dr. Hayes also presents strong evidence for why what people try to do to rid oneself of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and beliefs ultimately does not work and often creates new problems (addictions, disconnection, and falling into potentially harmful patterns of behavior). The concepts of pivoting towards what matters is explained and the reader is given a map and exercises to gain experiences for how to have a more meaningful and a flexible life. I work with children and teenagers and my colleagues and I have found Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) a very useful tool in assisting children with a wide range of challenges. Many children, such as those with Autism, struggle with having flexible thinking. This book provides strategies, exercises, and examples of how to become less rigid and how to help children and teenagers become less rigid in their thinking.
Steve Hayes guides without cajoling, teaches without lecturing, and leads without bullying. Dr. Steven Hayes has written and co-authored several other books with ALM being his most accessible title for both therapists and non-therapists. This book will appeal to many people who enjoyed the topics in Dr. Jordan Peterson's book, but without the politics and controversy. This book will also be of use for therapist who wish for their client's to have a resource between, after, and perhaps even before therapy. Dr. Hayes has combined mindfulness, habit formation, and cognitive therapy in a beautiful book. Highly Recommended.
Hayes applies his approach to everything from depression and anxiety, to healthy behaviors, improving work and sports performance, and making positive changes in the world. It's written in an accessible way, and I think everyone who reads it (including mental health professionals, people wanting some self-help from a true expert, and people who are just interested in psychology) will find something useful in this book. I highly recommend it!
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I say I’ve finished it yet I haven’t really, what I have done is read it cover to cover and done some of the exercises along the way. I’m going to be doing the exercises I haven’t yet done and creating myself a plan of exercises to incorporate into life as I keep exploring & learning more about acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT).
ACT has been part of my life a little while and I’ve used aspects in clinic with compassion focused therapy, though I’ve not used ACT daily myself. It’s companion for me is Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) (Compassion Focused Therapy in the therapy setting) which I have woven into daily life over the last few years and into clinic. Having immersed myself into the book the last three days and done some of the exercises I can see it would be helpful for me to weave ACT into my daily life too.
I am a Physiotherapist & Coach who helps people with neurological conditions and those struggling with persistent pain (chronic pain) and know that what I’ve learned, and am learning, will have many benefits in clinic as well as for me personally. I live with persistent pain and usually live well despite pain, however this year I was struggling with some changes, many things in this book have helped and I’ve dropped the rope (for now!).
This book has given me clarity, information and tools to use for myself and the people I work with. I know what I have learnt, and will continue to learn, will help me, my family, friends and those I work with in clinic every day. I will be sharing learning in little ways as best I can.
If you like me value living the best you can, following a life aligned with your values, understanding what it is to be human, and learning to dance through life with flexibility then you will love this book.
This book is packed full of wisdom, it’s beautifully written, it creates a sense of wonder and curiosity and it connects deeply. I am grateful for reading this book for many reasons.
I am finding words are escaping me to sum it up effectively so here’s my main summary...WOW!
If you have struggled with negative thoughts, with uncomfortable feelings and with living the kind of life you truly want to be living. Then this is a worthwhile investment. I haven’t finished this book yet but I am enjoying every page.
"Becoming a Better Human" would have been my choice for subtitle for this book.
I thoroughly recommend it to all that are interested in themselves becoming better humans or helping others to do so.
Dov Benyaacov- Kurtzman