Many evidence-based therapies focus on teaching clients to use coping skills that will help them in moments of emotional distress. In spite of the large number of people who struggle with emotion-regulation issues, most therapies tend not to focus on the component of treatment that teaches clients to respond to emotional challenges while in a triggered state.
The word “psychology” is derived from the Latin word psychologia, meaning the study of the soul. Ironically, psychology researchers have largely avoided matters of the soul in fear of threatening the scientific legitimacy of the field. As a result, even though spirituality and religion are important to many clients, there’s no one standard approach to addressing spirituality in therapy.
Compassion Focused-Therapy (CFT) is part of a family of contextual forms of cognitive and behavioral therapy that are concerned with issues such as self-kindness, compassion for others, mindfulness, and values-based actions. The specific theories and techniques that are part of these new methods vary, but they are clearly interconnected.
Some thoughts from Steve about his second TEDx Talk:
I gave a TEDx talk a while back to the Davidson Academy: a high school for the extremely gifted and talented. These are kids who have IQs in the 99.9th percentile and above; 1 in a 1,000, at a minimum.
An interview with Steven C. Hayes (cofounder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - ACT) by Bárbara Gil Luciano (psychologist and cofounder of the Madrid Institute of Contextual Psychology) at the end of the ACBS World Conference in Seattle, June 2016.
The key to psychological flexibility and valued living is noticing the difference between five senses and mental experience and noticing the difference between moving toward who or what is important versus moving away from unwanted inner experience.
Editor’s Note: This is the second half of a two-part series, Compassion and Psychological Flexibility: Highlights from a Panel Discussion with Leaders in Contextual Behavioral Science and Self-Compassion.