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Podcast with Russ Harris

Russ Harris on Practising Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Today’s Guest:

Russ Harris joins me on this week’s episode.  Russ is the author of the international best-selling self help book, The Happiness Trap.  He is a therapist and coach, as well as a world renowned trainer of acceptance and commitment therapy, otherwise known as ACT.  He has provided ACT training to over 20,000 people all around the world.

In this conversation, you will hear Russ talk about the ACT approach. He explains how individuals and organizations can use the ACT approach to work through negativity and more confidently navigate the highs and lows we all experience in life.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:28] – Russ talks about finding healthy ways to accept things that seem completely unacceptable.  
  • [04:07] – Russ explains the difference between a cognitive behavioral approach and an acceptance commitment therapy approach to navigating challenges. 
  • [07:55] – Russ explains how ACT can help us to practice self-compassion and normalize negative emotions.
  • [09:54] – Russ talks about the ideas of expansion, anchoring, pursuing the value of kindness, and connectedness with others.
  • [12:22] – Russ describes how to introduce these ideas into workplaces.  He describes his experiences with different types of work environments.
  • [17:24] – When asked about work situations where ACT approach may not be a good fit, Russ shares the range of situations where these strategies have been implemented.
  • [19:50] – The Lightning Round with Russ Harris

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