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The Time Magazine story (2006)

There are a number of popular stories on ACT / RFT that have appeared. You can find the ACT ones in "About ACT / Communicating about ACT / Popular Media" but given the prominence of Time Magazine this one is listed here. The article in Time (Cloud, 2006) came out in the February 13, 2006 issue. It was pretty long -- 6 pages -- and dealt with ACT in some depth. It sent Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life into the top 25 books (and number 1 self-help book) on Amazon for nearly a month and is still reverberating in the form of stories in the popular media in various other outlets.

Some of the issues raised by the Time story are discussed in the child pages attached to this page.

Happiness Isn't Normal
by John Cloud
February 13, 2006

Before he was an accomplished psychologist, Steven Hayes was a mental patient. His first panic attack came on suddenly, in 1978, as he sat in a psychology-department meeting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was an assistant professor. The meeting had turned into one of those icy personal and philosophical debates common on campuses, but when Hayes tried to make a point, he couldn't speak. As everyone turned to him, his mouth could only open and close wordlessly, as though it were a broken toy. His heart raced, and he thought he might be having a heart attack. He was 29....


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