• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Principles of Becoming More Flexible, Effective, and Fulfilled
  • By: Steven C. Hayes PhD
  • Narrated by: Steven C. Hayes PhD
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The pioneering originator of ACT teaches us the core principles and methods of this innovative, evidence-based model of life transformation.

Have you ever tried to "think” your way out of emotional turmoil - and ended up feeling even worse? Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) emerges from a remarkable insight: that when our normal problem-solving skills are applied to painful thoughts or feelings, suffering often increases.

Dr. Steven C. Hayes, ACT's originator and codeveloper, has found this to be true in almost every area of life's struggles. "Fortunately," he begins, "we have discovered why this is, and we have developed ways of correcting it."

For more than 30 years, ACT has been used effectively to treat not only mental and behavioral health problems such as anxiety and depression, but to help support workplace success, sports performance, weight loss, and social change. ACT works by helping us to accept and learn from our emotions, to think more freely and flexibly, and to find a liberating new perspective that allows us to take action based on what matters most to us.

Here, you will join this pioneering researcher to learn firsthand about the essentials of ACT. If you're seeking to improve your life, these sessions offer an immersive way to understand this demonstrated path to greater happiness and well-being.

Highlights:

  1. Session one: "Learning to Let Life Be Your Teacher"
  2. Session two: "Examining Your Sense of Self"
  3. Session three: "Opening Up to Letting Go"
  4. Session four: "Living Within Your Yes"
  5. Session five: "Coming into the Present Moment"
  6. Session six: "Identifying Values"
  7. Session seven: "Committed Action"
  8. Session eight: "Bringing It All Together" 
©2020 Steven C. Hayes, PhD (P)2020 Sounds True

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Good Ideas Unevenly Shared

To be sure, ACT is a theory to be taken seriously, and Steven Hayes is an expert. This particular effort has truly great moments and some good segments. And Hayes' passion and expertise and kindness are all evident. But the audiobook is marred by peculiar presentation features. Some segments are so bad that I wonder if Hayes has reached the point where being venerable means that others (producer, sound engineer, etc.) fail to provide accurate feedback, redirect, and re-record. Initially, Hayes engages in a style of speech known as puking in radio (an exaggerated affectation that serves as a parody of a particular style); that first section came out sounding like a combo of time-share sales pitch, Stuart Smalley, and satirized guru. That's not really Hayes. Someone needed to tell him, "yeah, that didn't work, and here's how you can adjust in the next take." Hayes comes closer to hitting his stride later in the audiobook -- providing compelling logic, fascinating stories, and truly engaging warmth. Still, the pace remained so ponderous that the entire audiobook needed to be experienced at 1.30 speed (his vocal timbre is so good that this worked fine). What Dr. Hayes achieves in this complicated audiobook is impressive, but he was failed by those around him resulting in that achievement being unpalatable to at least some listeners.

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insightful yes, but cant get through it.

Struggled to finish, infact I didn't finish. I threw the towel in, after the "2nd session". Steven Hayes is incredibly bland at reciting his work, he sounds like he himself is struggling to get out his own material. I even put the speed to 1.10 and it was still difficult to get through.

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Great Content; Terrible Narration

I’m an avid ACT student. I own all the audiobooks that discuss the topic and have listened to each one several times. I was excited to find a new book on the topic, as I’m always eager to learn more. Despite my intense interest, I had a very hard time getting through this one because of the narration. I suspect the author wanted to use a conversational style, but I found highly distracting and even somewhat annoying. This is a shame, given how helpful I have found ACT to be for me.

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Great content very hard to understand

I am so thankful to Dr. Hayes and find him very sincere. Great content of ACT, but very hard to understand and apply. I think I need to go ahead and repeat the book and hope to catch the lessons he’s trying to deliver.

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  • 02-20-21

This is like a small group graduate course mixed with a personal therapy session

This is a great audiobook. Get it, take notes, follow along. The narrator reading his material only makes it better. This would be a $4000-6000 course per chapter if he hadn’t made this audiobook. Not that he would charge that, but that’s been my experience with his peers.

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Do you want to hear what helps or what's easy?

It's nice that someone made one of these things that ISN'T full of crap. People often get lost in their own verbal behavior simply because they haven't developed the muscles to steer the boat. This is a great starter on the topic. I also kept laughing hard at a lot of the author's anecdotes. I think he's HILARIOUS, though I am also often told things like "I get that you are trying to be funny, I just don't get it..." So maybe take that part with a grain of salt.

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Useful to me

What did you like about the book? The subject matter, the practical exercises, and the conversational style in which Dr. Hayes presented the material.
Whom would I recommend this book to? Anyone wanting to expand their toolkit to better understand themselves and live a more fulfilling life.
Why did I choose this rating? I found the subject matter extremely useful and helpful. Dr. Hayes gave great explanations of ACT, how and why to put it into practice, and a thorough explanation of how to continue developing the skills after concluding the course and where to find additional resources. The course is a great gift to humanity. His style in presenting the material was down to earth, very accessible. I didn’t feel lectured to but rather felt his sincere wish to help and provide useful information.

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Very helpful

I listened to this as a supplement for a course I was taking on ACT and I really got a lot out of it! Highly recommend! I'll return again to portions over again.

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Amazing book

This felt like a one way therapy session. I havent enjoyed many books this much. I think this will help in breaking some bad behavioral cycles Im stuck in.

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  • 12-26-21

More mindfulness than CBT but very good

MBCT is basically 99$ mindfulness and if you're lucky 1% CBT(still very good and highly recommended). ACT is closer to a 50/50 mix The mindfulness does have some exercises I didn't already know that will wind up being helpful. There is some visualization there that's not really my thing. I'll get better at it. Since ACT is a third wave CBT, it does have some CBT in it. Where ACT and other third wave CBT's differ from is they preach acceptance of things where CBT preaches challenging them. I think the best response is actually both. Those subtle challenges and trimming the edge off of things makes them easier to accept. Defusion is a great thing to learn and is the form of acceptance usually used in all third wave CBT's but it takes time to get to that point. The commited action part of ACT makes a ton of sense and comes up in other programs. It involves you finding what's important to you and making a conscious effort to make it a part of your life. Standing up for what's right is what's important to me. That's an awfully tough thing for me to make a conscious part of my life because I tend to pay the price for this more often than not. I'm not alone in that either. It's actually pretty much an accepted part of it. This is actually the cause of most of what brought me here to begin with. If I search deeper, I might be able to find something that fits the bill without the downside. There are some other fairly useful exercises in here. I still think the best overall answer is to study mindfulness, CBT and all the different third wave versions of it and apply all the best features that the most sense to you to your life. I still don't think any one is perfect for individual.

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  • Hypatia
  • 09-15-20

Beautiful and potentially life-changing

Steven C Hayes has the most amazing voice, hr sounds so empathetic and soothing, I was thrilled to find this, especially after "The Liberated Mind" was narrated by someone else (who was actually really good, but just didn't quite have Dr Hayes's unique expressiveness).

So it was a real treat to find this online course available on Audible and it's an absolute pleasure to listen to.

Highly recommended for anyone seeking freedom from suffering.

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  • 12-27-20

very good

One of the best and most practicl books on psychological flexibility and mindfulness i've read

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  • Demetri
  • 06-27-21

Excellent guide to building a fulfilling life

I strongly recommend this to anyone. Full of practical guidance on how to break the power of thoughts and free your mind

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  • 02-25-21

Fascinating

I loved this book - so fascinating, useful and I loved Steven’s voice and delivery - so soothing and like he was sat in the room with me. And he walks you through everything. Very helpful.

An excellent listen!

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  • Mokha Chokha
  • 04-03-22

ACT explained by the founder of ACT!

Really useful audio book to learn about ACT basics, and who else better to explain it and then the founder himself Steve Hayes

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  • 05-12-21

Sensational!

One of the most useful and best narrated audio books I've listened to. If you're interested in ACT this is the place to start.

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  • Jason Puszkar
  • 06-09-21

WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY

This was 'By Far' the biggest waste of time I have ever spent in my life listening to this book.

The book is a complete waste of time and money. I got to the end of the book knowing absolutely nothing about the subject, but had to endure the rantings of Steven Hayes with no further increase or improvement in my knowledge of anything, besides maybe never, ever listen to his rubbish again.

I am learning about ACT and 'any' other author on this subject would have to be more informative and educational than listening to this druel.

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  • Stacy
  • 02-15-21

Info good

The information was good but the narration put me to sleep and seemed disorganised.

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  • 06-02-22

Waffling Dribble

Abandoned! Waffling dribble. Sounded like he did not prepare but just spoke ad lib. Waste of money and time. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-21

Only get this book if you're ready to Grow Up

If you are still on a hamster wheel of looking to others to fix your issues, searching for the "thing" that will make your life "right", for a way to escape whatever was done to you in the past, then this book probably isn't for you. The narrator's style often rambles in that self indulgent American way. He doesn't try to make you like him, and at times places uncomfortable truths right in your face. But the content is powerful. He explains science based tools to change the hard wired thought patterns and behaviours that cause you to struggle. It's not neat solutions or easy promises, but it's a way forward if you are ready to grow past damage in your past. Easy to listen to and great content.