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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" 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Steven C. Hayes, PhD (P)2020 Sounds True

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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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Info good

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

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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.

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  • Daniel
  • 14-10-2020

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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  • Micah D
  • 26-08-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-2021

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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  • 20-02-2021

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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  • schavez
  • 14-12-2020

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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  • Jonathan Richard Schubert
  • 22-11-2021

useful, straight forward, well narrated

I see some reviews criticizing the narration, but honestly I liked it. Dr Hayes conveys intense sincerity about what he's talking about, and he talks slowly because the concepts are largely focused on slowing down and paying attention to what you're experiencing, rather than rushing ahead and trying to stockpile concepts as quickly as possible.
The new agey music does seem a little corny, but again is entirely appropriate since ACT is based on the same kind of wisdom traditions that inspired that music.
I'm a therapist using mostly CBT, which is very different from ACT, and I can see the value of this approach for reaching people and addressing problems that other therapies struggle with. In particular, pretty much everyone has tried multiple times to start a meditation practice because all the research says it helps with almost everything, and the vast majority don't stick with it because it is boring, frustrating, and the benefits take weeks or months to really kick in. ACT does a spectacular job of making mindfulness simple and immediately applying it to improved performance in the real world, which most people value much more than inner peace.

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  • DC
  • 13-09-2021

This audiobook will change your life.

If you want to make positive change in your life but have always found yourself struggling to “make it stick” for mysterious reasons, try the practices in this audiobook (really more like an audio seminar). They just might change everything. And even if they don’t, they will help you to be happier with the way things are.

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  • Shawnmlb
  • 16-08-2021

amazing read

this book will change your life! I feel better already! four more words ugh

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  • Charo
  • 11-02-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2020

Practical, useful and enjoyable

Steven Hayes expplains the main elements of acceptance commitment therapy in an engaging and personal way. I believe that a lot of people could benefit from the methods in this audio book.

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  • Hypatia
  • 15-09-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-2020

very good

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

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  • Demetri
  • 27-06-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-2021

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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