Changing a behavior is a task that seems easy in theory but when it comes to breaking a habit or believing something different about oneself it can take years to accomplish without a strategy. Drew’s guest, Dr. Steven Hayes created the Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT) to help individuals emancipate themselves from unconscious habits and thoughts and become psychologically flexible. During this interview, he shares techniques from Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life and A Liberated Mind, two of his forty-six books. He also describes the work he does with competitive athletes to transform their athletic identity. Dr. Hayes’s TEDx talk about psychological flexibility has over 400k views on Youtube and has published over 600 scientific articles.
[5:36] Dr. Hayes admits to being an academic research geek who studies the processes of change.
[12:24] Dr. Hayes’s book, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life is a workbook of 6 psychological flexibility processes and A Liberated Mind simplifies the message.
[24:13] Techniques and exercises people can use to transform how they react to unhealthy emotions and feelings.
[32:52] How to become the observer of your own journey by identifying with your inner child.
[39:25] How Dr. Hayes works with competitive athletes to improve performance by working through their identities.
[50:46] Dr. Hayes describes what Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is and how it works.
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