A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self

A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self

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The self plays an integral role in human motivation, cognition, and social identity. A must-have addition to any acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioner's library, The Self in Practice translates the ACT model's most difficult-yet essential-process into easy-to-apply steps and user-friendly language.

Every client who partakes in ACT must identify a self as part of their treatment, and clinicians often report that observing the self is the most difficult of all six core ACT processes. This is because it's so hard for people to shed preconceived notions of "who they really are," and negative perceptions of the self can lead to feelings of low self-worth that stand in the way of treatment.

Problems with the self arise when clients orient themselves in the world and learn to relate to others, but these problems can vary considerably. For example, some clients may have deficits in developing a strong sense of self in the first place-particularly if they are diagnosed with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Depressed clients or those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) may develop a skewed, negative sense of self, and those with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) may develop an inflated sense of self.

With this unique road map, you will learn to apply the complex theory of the self into everyday practice, and help all clients develop empathy, compassion, and flexible perspective taking-leading to better treatment outcomes and better lives for clients.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 176 x 252 x 18mm | 500g
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1626251762
  • 9781626251762
  • 52,756

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"This excellent book offers an insightful, cutting-edge look at the concept of 'self.' You'll learn about our different senses of self, how these 'selves' develop, what can go wrong with these processes, and what we can do about it therapeutically. There's a gold mine of clinically useful material in here, to help both you and your clients. If you've ever struggled to understand complex ACT concepts such as self-as-context and self-as-process (and let's face it, haven't we all?) this book will set you straight. An essential addition to the library of all contextual behavioral practitioners."
--Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap and ACT Made Simple--Russ Harris
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About Louise McHugh

Louise McHugh (Author)
Louise McHugh, PhD, is a faculty member in the school of psychology at University College Dublin, and coeditor of The Self and Perspective Taking.

Ian Stewart (Author)
Ian Stewart, PhD, is a faculty member in the school of psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is coauthor of The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy, ACT and RFT in Relationships, and coeditor of The Self and Perspective Taking.

Priscilla Almada (Author)
Priscilla Almada, PhD, is a research scientist. Over the last decade, she has been committed to exploring the science, art, and practice of cultivating prosocial and sustainable communities. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
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