ACT with Love: Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and Commitm

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New Harbinger Publications, Jun 1, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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Popular myths about love set us up for a struggle with real life. The inconvenient truth is there's no such thing as a perfect partner, all couples fight, and feelings of love come and go like the weather. But that doesn't mean you can't have a joyful and romantic relationship. Through a simple program based on the revolutionary new mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you can learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively and engage fully in the process of living and loving together.

With your partner or alone, ACT with Love will teach you how to:•Let go of conflict, open up, and live fully in the present•Use mindfulness to increase intimacy, connection, and understanding•Resolve painful conflicts and reconcile long-standing differences•Act on your values to build a rich and meaningful relationship

 

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Contents

its a messy business
viii
making a mess
6
whats your problem?
15
making a Commitment
24
does it take two to tango?
32
everyones a control freak
53
look inside your heart
60
into the smog
74
the power of asking nicely
146
you cant always get what you want
154
open your eyes
162
sticky situations
175
the christmas truce
183
intimacy
188
old word new take
197
building a trust fund
201

the judgment machine
87
gripping stories
97
the kiss of life
104
name it and tame it
110
look at me look at me
121
the heart of the battle
128
take off the armor
136
let your self go
206
and now time for some fun
211
the adventure continues
215
resources
224
recommended reading
225
references
226
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Russ Harris is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist, and executive coach. He is author of ACT Made Simple, ACT with Love, The Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap, Getting Unstuck in ACT, and the international bestseller The Happiness Trap. He is also a world-renowned trainer in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He lives and practices in Melbourne, Australia.

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