ACT Book Summary: Pages 229 - 234

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Willingness to have barriers and barriers to willingness: willingness is a value-based action, a choice: see the "Bubble in the road" metaphor p. 230. Therapeutic do's and don'ts:

  • coercive use of choice: conflicts are possible between the therapist's and the client's values. Take care not to use "choice" as a way to blame the client.
  • confusing values and goals: "I want to be happy" is not a value. It's no direction. It's something you can have or not have, like an object. Values cannot be achieved and maintained. Helping question: "What would you be able to do if that was accomplished?" Values are no means to an end.