Books on ACT

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Get out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

Steven Hayes

A great workbook introducing you to the fundamentals of ACT. I've given this book to many people to work through and they have always benefited. The central themes of the book are:

psychological pain is normal and important and common to us all
you can't 'get rid' of psychological pain (although you can learn ways to not increase it)
pain and suffering are different
you don't have to identify with your suffering
accepting pain is how we move towards freedom from suffering
you can live a life you value (and begin that right now with everything just as it is) but to do so you will need to get out of your mind and into your life

This book steps you through how to do that with exercises, metaphors and examples.

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Things Might go terribly, Horribly Wrong

Kelly Wlson

A great ACT book on responding well to anxiety.

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The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Kelly Wilson & Troy DeFrene

A really helpful workbook for those struggling to overcome addiction. Kelly writes from his lived experience as well as his expertise as a master ACT therapist so this is powerful stuff indeed.

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Mindfulness and ACT Workbook for Anxiety

John Forsyth & Georg Eifert

A great ACT workbook to explore, understand and work with your anxiety.

(from site)

Is anxiety and fear a problem for you? Have you tried to win the war with your anxious mind and body, only to end up feeling frustrated, powerless, and stuck? If so, you’re not alone. But there is a way forward, a path into genuine happiness, and a way back into living the kind of life you so desperately want.

Now in its second edition, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety offers a new approach to your anxiety, fears, and your life. Within its pages, you’ll find a powerful and tested set of tools and strategies to help you gain freedom from fear, trauma, worry, and all the many manifestations of anxiety and fear. The book offers an empowering approach to help you create the kind of life you so desperately want to live.
Based on a revolutionary approach to psychological health and wellness called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this fully revised and updated second edition offers compelling new exercises to help you create the conditions for your own genuine happiness and peace of mind. You’ll learn how your mind can trap you, keeping you stuck and struggling in anxiety and fear. You’ll also discover ways to nurture your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion, and use these qualities to weaken the power of anxiety and fear so that you can gain the space do what truly matters to you. Now is the time.

Nobody chooses anxiety. And there is no healthy way to “turn off” anxious thoughts and feelings like a light switch. But you can learn to break free from the shackles of anxiety and fear and take back your life. The purpose of this workbook is to help you do just that. Your life is calling on you to make that choice, and the skills in this workbook can help you make it happen. You can live better, more fully, and more richly with or without anxiety and fear. This book will show you the way.

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Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression

Kirk Strosahl & Patricia Robinson

(from site)

There are hundreds of books that will try to help you overcome or put an end to depression. But what if you could use your depression to change your life for the better? Your symptoms may be signals that something in your life needs to change. Learning to understand and interpret these signals is much more important than ignoring or avoiding them-approaches that only make the situation worse. This workbook uses techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to offer a new treatment plan for depression that will help you live a productive life by accepting your feelings instead of fruitlessly trying to avoid them.

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression will show you, step-by-step, how to stop this cycle, feel more energized, and involve yourself in pleasurable and fulfilling activities that will help you work through, rather than avoid, aspects of your life that are depressing you. Use the techniques in this book to evaluate your own depression and create a personalized treatment plan. You'll enrich your total life experience by focusing your energy not on fighting depression, but on living the life you want.

Includes a CD.

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The Mindful Couple

Robyn Walser & Darrah Westrup

This book is full of relatable anecdotes and great experiential exercises to help you and your partner create a more mindful and values centred relationship. Written by Robyn and Darrah, two ACT master therapists with years of experience, this book is just so helpful.