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Re: Acceptance and Commitment in TIME » pseudoname

Posted by sleepygirl on February 21, 2006, at 19:45:01

In reply to Acceptance and Commitment in TIME, posted by pseudoname on February 21, 2006, at 10:49:43

Yeah, Beck did seem kind of arrogant judging by how he was quoted.
I'm inclined to think that these theories don't differ too much, in that each encourages one to take a step back from their thoughts.
I think where they might differ is where the power is placed. You recognize what you think, then you either decide to change the thought or simply accept it.

If I had to decide what I was going to think, I'd be adding a whole extra step that just might make me a little obsessive. I don't like the idea of pulling my own strings. Maybe this thought relates in some way to the title of his book, "Get Out of Your Mind and Into your Life".

I guess Hayes is saying that when you can observe the thought it perhaps loses some of it's power...
I used to be so afraid of my own sadness, anger, whatever, etc..... until I just let myself feel it. My therapist likes to use the term "paper dragons" :-) I like that phrase because it doesn't really diminish how scary those "dragons" can be, but it also shows how they lose power to threaten you so much

Interesting that Hayes suffered from panic disorder which often seems to generate it's own panic about the possibility of more panic, etc. until you're agoraphobic perhaps and/or really unable to function.

I'm not sure why "acceptance" has such a spiritual connotation....this stuff gets hairy ;-)
Not sure where this "spirituality" evolved from, or maybe the question is how is Beck really different from Hayes (as a person)?




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