Quick & Dirty ACT Analysis of Psychological Problems

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  • Most psychological difficulties have to do with the avoidance and manipulation of private events.
  • All psychological avoidance has to do with cognitive fusion and its various effects.
  • Conscious control belongs primarily in the area of overt, purposive behavior.
  • All verbal persons have the “self” needed as an ally, but some have run from that too.
  • Clients are not broken, and in the areas of acceptance and defusion they have the psychological resources they need if they can be harnessed.
  • To take a new direction, we must let go of an old one. If a problem is chronic, the client's solutions are probably part of them.
  • When you see strange loops, inappropriate verbal rules are involved.
  • The value of any action is its workability measured against the client's true values (those he/she would have if it were a free choice). The bottom line issue is living well, not having small sets of “good” feelings.
  • Two things are needed to transform the situation: accept and move.