Category Archives: Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT)

What is Experiential Avoidance?

If you like detail this may be your cup of tea. If you’d like a nice blog post on it try this here. But if you’d like a 3 minute animated explanation relating to the workplace, you could try this:

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Guest post: When Anger Strikes like a Bolt out of the Blue

One sunny morning around a year ago, I stormed into my office shaking with rage. In half an hour I was due to counsel someone. My husband had driven me to work; he and the children were going on to … Continue reading

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Learning to Touch Fear

My daughter, Ellie, is training her horse to touch an object. Ellie points at the object and says the word ‘touch’ and her horse, Josie, touches it with her nose. This seems like an odd skill to train. So I … Continue reading

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Are we more likely to be compassionate to others when we are compassionate to ourselves?

When you feel judgemental about yourself, do you also feel more judgemental about others? Or are you one of those people who speaks harshly to yourself in ways that you would never dare or care to speak to another?  What … Continue reading

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Working in a harsh environment can mess you up more than you think…

Have you ever had to survive a harsh environment at work? This woman has… Most of us have lived through an unpleasant time at work. When it ends, we sigh with relief and assume all will now be fine. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Why Organisations Should Measure Psychological Flexibility

What should we measure to predict job performance? Organisations spend millions of pounds each year measuring cognitive ability as well as various personality dimensions – and they are right to do so.  Although personality and ability are not perfect predictors, … Continue reading

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You must have a good reason to….

Last week I was wandering around Kmart trying to find an adapter plug. In my search I found myself walking through the Lego aisle. I was taken aback by the fierce feeling of joy and longing that hit me as … Continue reading

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Understanding the Real You

As a psychologist, many clients want me to help them understand themselves better. Who am I? Who is the ‘real’ me? How do I become more like the real me? And because I am all seeing and knowing, I am … Continue reading

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The Science of Gratitude (or What your Mother didn’t teach you about how to say ‘Thank You’)

Saying thank you is important. Your parents probably spent hours drilling this into you. A polite ‘Thank you’ smooths social interaction and makes life a little kinder. But what your Mum probably didn’t teach you, was how to express heartfelt gratitude in … Continue reading

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Building Psychological Flexibility by Turning Rules into Ribbons

This post was co-authored with Marie-France Bolduc . Marie-France is an incredibly warm and compassionate ACT therapist and trainer based in Quebec. In a recent training session, her partner, Benjamin Schoendorff, described a lovely metaphor Marie-France has developed and I … Continue reading

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