acceptance and commitment therapy


Definition of acceptance and commitment therapy

: psychotherapy in which the patient is encouraged to accept negative thoughts and emotions as a part of normal psychological functioning and to commit to action based on the patient's own values and goals … an offshoot known as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is stirring up the therapeutic waters. It challenges the idea that overruling negativity is the surest route to mental health.— Dana Sullivan, O: The Oprah Magazine, July 2007

Note: This therapy is based on the idea that ineffective attempts to control or avoid negative thoughts and emotions may lead to increased psychological suffering.

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1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Acceptance and commitment therapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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