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Experiential Avoidance of Thoughts and Feelings is Unhealthy

Psychologist Steven Hayes popularized the term experiential avoidance, which is a term that originated in contextual behavioral science research. It refers to a common psychological pattern to which we are all susceptible: the attempt to avoid unpleasant thoughts, images, feelings, sensations, and emotions.  Experiential avoidance prevents us from being accepting of and present to our […]

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Psychotherapy, Mental Practices, Core Beliefs, & Moods

Why people seek psychotherapy According to psychologists Dr. Liz Roemer and Dr. Sue Orsillo , the most common complaints people bring into their psychotherapy sessions have as their root cause cognitive fusion, lack of acceptance of self and others, experiential avoidance, or failure to take valued action. In light of our earlier discussion of unnecessary […]

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Why Suffer Unnecessarily?

In Mindfulness-and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice, research psychologists Lizabeth Roemer and Susan Orsillo teach that unnecessary suffering results from three related mechanisms: 1. An unhealthy relationship to our inner subjective experiences, consisting of one or more of the following: a. Cognitive fusion—an overidentification with our thoughts, emotions, images, and sensations b. Judgment—criticism of self […]

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