Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT (said as one word) is considered third wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), meaning that it is an evolution from CBT. ACT has a strong connection to the power of changing behavior.
However, ACT differs from CBT greatly in that ACT says that you change the relationship you have with your thoughts versus trying to change them, so you don’t have to do anything with your thoughts. ACT focuses on mindfulness, acceptance of unpleasant emotions, and diffusion of challenging thoughts, which means you learn to separate yourself from your thoughts all in the name of moving you towards a meaningful life based on you taking committed action towards your values.
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