As acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) increases in popularity among clinicians, it becomes more and more vital to understand its theoretical basis, relational frame theory (RFT). RFT is a psychological theory of human language and cognition, developed by Steven C. Hayes. It focuses on how humans learn language and how language connects them to their environment. In essence, our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are dependent on our experiences and the context that these experiences provide.
Edited by leading relational frame theory (RFT) scholars, Simon Dymond, PhD, and Bryan Roche, PhD, Advances in Relational Frame Theory presents advances in all aspects of RFT research over the last decade, and provides a greater understanding of the core principals of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The book also contains chapters written by Steven C. Hayes and Kelly Wilson, both research-active experts from the RFT community around the world.
Because ACT is focused largely on accepting one’s thoughts, it is important to understand where these thoughts come from. And while many books on RFT are abstract and require extensive knowledge of behavior analysis, this is the first book to comprehensively but accessibly introduce RFT to ACT mental health professionals.
Gaining a deeper knowledge of the relational concepts of RFT can help you understand why a person's behavior does not always match up with their self-professed values. Whether you are a mental health professional, or simply someone who is interested in the connection between language and experience, this book is an invaluable resource.
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There really aren't many "advances" of RFT per se as discussed in this re-appraisal of the "purple" book after more than a decade. Other than a handful of enjoyable reads (e.g., Whelan et al.'s suggestion of employing neurophysiological techniques to RFT research, Dymond et al.'s take on experimental psychopathology, Stewart et al.'s recommendations on education), the remainder of the book involves regurgitating the same points made in 2001 and adds nothing new to the field. Rather, forcing a heuristic model to resemble scientific theory is what led to the disillusionment with the approach of B.F. Skinner, which I suspect RFT's authors had wanted to avoid in the first place.
As this text is geared towards clinicians, I did not expect much discussion regarding basic precepts but the "dumbing down" is still excessive! There are a host of problems that have been identified within RFT, and even its most basic tenets are questionable (e.g., the arbitrary distinction between Crel...
This isn't an easy read. It is a technical book. But if you are deeply interested in how the mind works and how we can improve the human condition then it is worth the effort. Based on rresearch at the cutting edge of psychology. This work has the potential to change the world
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