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…

From clinic to research and back

In a recent editorial for the Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, I called for a return to a strong interaction between clinical practice and fundamental research. Constitutive of CBT, this dialogue between research and clinic tends to fade away.…

Coherence and Meaning for Existence

Restoring meaning to existence, through the work on values, is one of ACT’s goals. We seek to help patients come back into contact with that which makes them thrive, which animates them. But there is much we don’t know about…

Experiential Avoidance is a Slot Machine

In the behavioral approach, we are very interested in the consequences of behaviors, because they determine future behaviors. In particular, we look at the frequency in which these consequences occur. Does a significant consequence appear every time I carry out…