316: Steven C. Hayes on Developing Psychological Flexibility


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Steven C. Hayes is one of the founders of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and this is his second time on the show. This time, he and Eric discuss his new book, A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters. Dr. Hayes is a Professor of Psychology at The University of Nevada Reno. He’s the author of 43 books and more than 600 scientific articles. He’s served as the President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy and The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He is one of the most cited psychologists in the world. In this episode, Dr. Hayes teaches what psychological flexibility is, how to cultivate it, and the ways in which it can improve your life.

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In This Interview, Steven C. Hayes and I Discuss Psychological Flexibility and…

  • His book, A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters
  • Asking “What is the problem we’re trying to solve?”
  • Understanding what you really care about. Take what you’re really struggling with and flip it over, therefore allowing your pain to speak to you
  • The lengths we go to in order to protect ourselves from hurt
  • “Psychological Flexibility” vs “Psychological Rigidity”
  • 6 processes or pivots that promote Psychological Flexibility
  • The masks we put on to try and connect with others and belong in addition to our true belonging
  • Pivoting from cognitive fusion to diffusion
  • Thoughts as ongoing attempts at meaning-making
  • The ability to think multiple things and be guided by what is useful
  • Living according to your values as well as the qualities of being and doing
  • Response Ability – deciding what this is about for you
  • Accepting what we feel and committing to act according to our values

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