Posted by on Jun 21, 2014

The most common reason we get stuck in our lives is because of something called “experiential avoidance”. What is that? This brief video explains it beautifully.

ACT, For clients

ACT: A psychology of the normal (vs pathological)

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013

This is one of the cleanest explanations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) by one of its founders, Steve Hayes. Even if you aren’t interested in ACT, you’ll likely find some of the ideas in this 12 minute interview worthwhile. “Vastly more human suffering, ” Hayes says, “come from normal processes that run away from us” than from psychopathology.

The Big Think: Steven Hayes (12-minute video interview)

ACT, Psychology 101

In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013

This is a nice description of mindfulness, how it is different from meditation, and how it has a very practical application in our day-to-day lives. I love the phrase “purposeful pause”; sometimes that is all we need to get our heads out of autopilot and make conscious choices in sync with who we want to be, and the live we want to create.

In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds(NY Times)


ACT, Anxiety & stress, Mind & Body

A present, focused mind is a happy mind

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012

When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We’re often happiest when we’re lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)

Matt Killingsworth talk (10 minute video)

ACT, Anxiety & stress, Mood & Emotion

The strength of vulnerability

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012

Let’s face it, we all all imagine a time when we “have it together” and we are “on our game” and in control of our lives. However, Brene Brown’s research underscores that living a whole hearted life, is only as possible as our capacity for feeling vulnerable.  She asks, “Is it possible to do a courageous act without feeling vulnerable?” Below is a wonderful radio interview and a video with this engaging woman.

Brene Brown On Being interview (radio show)

Brene Brown TED Lecture (video)

ACT, Relationships and relating, Values and what is important

The problem with positive thinking explored

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012

This theme seems to be making its way from psychology research into the mainstream media more and more (see the TIME article I posted on June 21). Decades of the “positive thinking” industry have little to show, and folks are looking for something more realistic and useful…

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (7 minute NPR interview with author)

ACT, Cognition, For clients, Mood & Emotion