Wow. This is a great book, and ACT is a very creative and well-articulated fusion of psychology and Buddhist wisdom. This is basically the highlights of Buddhism distilled into a modern, non-religious psychotherapy method. And it's explained so clearly and without needing to reference Buddhist terminology (kind of like being able to drive a car without knowing how the engine works). The beauty of ACT is how intuitively right it is: we can't escape suffering and we can't escape the fact that our brain produces thousands of thoughts every day (some useful, some completely useless and negative), so we might as well recognize them, make room for them and act on our values anyway. If there's any fault with the book, it's that it doesn't emphasize or honestly describe the commitment involved in building up awareness and mindfulness to the point that you can observe and defuse your daily sensations, thoughts. There's no shortcut or quick way to develop the level of mindfulness needed to effectively practice ACT on a daily basis. There are monks who dedicate their entire lives to building up their level of awareness and concentration, and to suggest that this can be attained without a committed practice is just false advertising. And unfortunately, this is one of the foundations of ACT, so if you've tried other self-help/improvement methods before and then fizzled out, the same will likely happen with this one unless you make some sort of mindfulness exercise a core practice in your life. This comes as a consequence of borrowing wisdom from another practice and distilling it out of context for another purpose. The wisdom does apply in psychotherapy, but the original practice is a long, challenging path.
That said, it's still a 5 star book for me.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Trumpeter (June 3 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590305841
- ISBN-13: 978-1590305843
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,154 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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