Acceptance-based cognitive behavioral therapy is based on a theory of psychological science that studies the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The idea is that feelings influence thinking, thinking influences behavior, and behavior influences feelings. Regardless of why you are thinking, feeling, or behaving a certain way, you can learn to observe it and choose to respond differently. Flexibility in how you think, feel, and behave creates opportunity for the experience of wellbeing.
Psychological flexibility is the opposite of psychological rigidity, which is marked by experiential avoidance and rigid thinking.
You can increase your psychological flexibility through accurate education about how your mind works, flexible practice getting distance from your unhelpful thoughts and opening up to what you feel, and by building motivation through focus on what you care about. Learning to relate effectively to anxiety by increasing values-based action and increasing your willingness to tolerate distress and uncertainty increases your psychological flexibility.
We’re going to find opportunities to increase psychological flexibility by observing moments where you get stuck.