Over the past eight weeks we’ve covered all the core components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These six core processes (contacting the present moment, defusion, acceptance, values, committed action, and the self-as-context) all work to help create and build psychological flexibility.
Psychological flexibility is the ability to be fully open to our experiences while acting on our values. When we can engage with the six components we’ve discussed, we are able to be more adaptive and open to our own lives. Contacting the present moment and the self-as-context help us be more present. Defusion and acceptance help us open up. While committed action and values help us to do what matters. Psychological flexibility is at the center of the triangle of being present, opening up, and doing what matters.
If you take anything away from ACT, at least remember what it stands for (A = accept your thoughts and feelings, and be present, C = choose a valued direction, T = take action). Hopefully you’ll find that utilizing some or all of the components can help you live a more aware and meaningful life and maybe even increase your psychological flexibility!