Acceptance : the ultimate form of control

In our everyday language, we often confuse “acceptance” with “letting-go”. For both terms, we understand that it is a question of not unnecessarily opposing the painful events that cross our path. The underlying hypothesis is that unnecessary suffering stems from…

The problem isn’t stress, but how we relate to it

We try to fight against stress when it might not be the main problem. CBT has long focused on negative emotions, with the goal of helping patients to soothe these emotions whenever they become too difficult to handle. Considerable outcomes…

The Importance of Theory in CBT

After an auspicious period during which the effectiveness of new CBT approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), has been tested on the majority of disorders, more and more articles are looking now into theoretical and epistemological aspects of the…

In my DSM

Although this will certainly take a little bit of time, the end of the DSM, and the categorical approach in general, has begun. Several signals suggest this. To begin, there was the denunciation of numerous flaws in the diagnostic approach.…

ACT prevention advice during quarantine

Quarantine might allow us to handle this epidemic safely, but it also takes away our ability to engage in a number of activities that typically nourish and allow us to flourish. Of course, during this worrisome time, you might be…

Defusion = Cognitive Restructuring²

I was recently surprised to discover an article I co-authored cited by Aaron T. Beck. This is ironic as this article has nothing to do with ACT or contextual behavioral science (it was a work on a pleasure scale in…