Presentation: Defusing Troublesome Thoughts With ACT

DefusionAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) contends that there are opportunities for purpose and meaning even in the midst of intense pain or suffering.

The goal of ACT is not to merely eliminate suffering, but to find a way to use one’s own pain and suffering to grow and find meaning.

When we are in a state of cognitive fusion we are stuck to our thoughts. It is almost as if we cannot separate ourselves from our thoughts. In a state of cognitive fusion, thinking completely dominates our behaviour. We think or believe that something is true and we act as if it is true.

Defusion involves “learning to step back and separate or detach from our thoughts, images and memories”. When we choose to consciously disentangle ourselves from the grip of our internal cognitive drama, we are practicing mindfulness.

When we are defused from our cognitive processes, we begin to see them for what they are: words or pictures. In this state of defusion we allow ourselves to mindfully observe our internal processes without relinquishing control to them, we notice them, choose not to pass judgement on them, accept them and let them go.

This presentation will give an insight into part of ACT therapy through practical experience, meaning you will understand this on a level personal to you.