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Mindfulness, Acceptance and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being (Mindfulness & Acceptance Practica) [Paperback]

Joseph Ciarrochi
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20 Jun 2013 1608823377 978-1608823376 1
Many have wondered if there is a key ingredient to living a full and happy life. For decades now, scientists and psychologists alike have been studying the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The positive psychology movement was founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. At the same time, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)-a mindfulness-based, values-oriented behavioral therapy that has many parallels to Buddhism, yet is not religious in any way-has been focused on helping people achieve their greatest human potential.Created only years apart, ACT and positive psychology both promote human flourishing, and they often share overlapping themes and applications, particularly when it comes to setting goals, psychological strengths, mindfulness, and the clarification of what matters most-our values and our search for meaning in life. Despite these similarities, however, the two different therapeutic models are rarely discussed in relation to one another. What if unifying these theories could lead to faster, more profound and enduring improvements to the human condition?Edited by leading researchers in the field of positive psychology, Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology is the first professional book to successfully integrate key elements of ACT and positive psychology to promote healthy functioning in clients. By gaining an understanding of "the seven foundations of well-being," professionals will walk away with concrete, modernized strategies to use when working with clients. Throughout the book, the editors focus on how ACT, mindfulness therapies, and positive psychology can best be utilized by professionals in various settings, from prisons and Fortune 500 business organizations to parents and schools. With contributions by Steven C. Hayes, the founder of ACT, as well as other well-known authorities on ACT and positive psychology such as Robyn Walser, Kristin Neff, Dennis Tirch, Ian Stewart, Louise McHugh, Lance M. McCracken, Acacia Parks, Robert Biswas-Diener, and more, this book provides state-of-the-art research, theory, and applications of relevance to mental health professionals, scientists, advanced students, and people in the general public interested in either ACT or positive psychology.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger; 1 edition (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608823377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608823376
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To every innovator working to create new tools and technologies for increased well-being: "Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology" should immediately go to the top of your must-read list. The new research and provocative ideas in this collection will undoubtedly spark countless fresh ideas and help shape, for the better, the next wave of life-changing, positive interventions. This book will give an invaluable edge to designers and developers who want to ground their creative work in leading-edge scientific research. --Jane McGonigal, PhD, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Reality Is Broken"

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Edited by leading researchers in the field of positive psychology, Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology is the first professional book to successfully integrate key elements of ACT and positive psychology to promote healthy functioning in clients.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good research and practical 10 Nov 2013
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Well written drawing on latest research. Not a easy read as it quite in depth research driven would recommend to those interested in understanding the vast topic of mindfulness
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for all to read 3 April 2013
By Barbara Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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Bottom line: This is a fantastic book! The editors and contributors do an outstanding job of conveying to the layperson the key elements of, and importance of mindfulness. I am not in the psychology field and found that their ability to intertwine research with ordinarily life experiences makes it an appropriate read for everyone. I loved that they weren't afraid to challenge status quo thinking about topics such as Positive Psychology while at the same time leaving the door open to interpretation. I loved the passion that each author clearly demonstrated in their contributions. I was particularly touched, energized, rocked, and dared by those chapters on Self Compassion (Kristin Neff), Microcultures (Biswas-Diener), Acceptance of Guilt (Malouf, Youman, Harty, Schaefer, Tangney) and Using the Science of Meaning to Invigorate Value-Congruent, Purpose-Driven Action (Steger, Sheline, Merriman, Kashdan). I believe this book opens to the door to many future discussions and I look forward to hearing that conversation. If you love mindfulness and want to be blown away by outside of the box thinkers, this is a must read.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pithy, Powerful Postive Psychlogy Breaking News ~ Futurist Flourishing Begins Here! 6 April 2013
By Judy Krings, Ph.D., CMC, PCC - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading Kashdan and Ciarrochi's mind-expanding book is like going on a long-awaited exotic cruise to well-being, stopping at 13 never before discovered destinations. Each stop is more topographically fascinating than the one before. Thirteen chapters of unchartered, eye-brow raising exploration. This appealing book is an incredibly unique journey into cutting edge theory, welcomed new practical applications, scientifically based, and the best part, fun to traverse. No psycho-babble BS here!

This book is a robust, novel compendium of how to live the good life. It opens mind-bending sensory doors into the world of positive psychology (PP), mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Even if you are a novice, the charts and easy-to-understand explanatory style assures easy sailing.

At first, writing this review was daunting. Why? Because no matter what I write, to capture the eloquent essence of this monumentally remarkable book and do it justice, was challenging. As a positive psychology coach and clinical psychologist, I am blown away by the diversity, thoughtfulness, and academic rigor this book delightfully delivers. Each chapter is so contextually rich, it deserves its own review!

As a human being, this book resonated with me and rocked me to my core. It is truly life-altering and mind-bending with specific new mindfulness and how-to flourish applications I am beginning to incorporate in my life, with my family, and with my coaching clients. Like understanding how negative emotions serve as a wake up call. They are not evil to be banished. ACT enlightens specifically how you can accomplish this, and so much more, using amazingly simple strategies. All to help you discover what you need to thrive and to live the meaningful life you desire.

The valuable juxtaposition of the lightness of mindfulness bolstered by the substantial theory and rigorous science-based ACT research gives this book powerful momentum. You discover how to facilitate your flourishing right now. You travel to fun excursions discovering ramifications for the future, too. You decipher just how important mindfulness practices are to yourself and your relationships, as well as for organizations and cultures.

Specifically and beautifully explained, the "7 Foundations of Well-being" offer you a bird's eye view of your life well-lived. Feel your enlightenment and transformation as you dive into how you can customize your own character strengths to achieve your richest flourishing:

1. Fundamental beliefs about self, others, and the world
2. Mindfulness and awareness
3. Perspective taking
4. Values
5. Experiential acceptance
6. Behavioral control
7. Cognitive skill

This book is a how-to-live heaven, but it's so much more than the run of the mill happiness enhancer tome.

For wisdom, insight and continued learning, this exceptional book is one you will go back to time and time again. Deep bows of gratitude to each one of the contributors who so powerfully hoisted the gridirons for this steely superior book that bridges PP and ACT. Gutsy Editors Kashdan and Ciarrochi have done themselves proud. Every page of this book deserves an A+.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important book--laying the foundation for the future of wellbeing science 29 May 2013
By Jeremy McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's what this book is not. It is not a book that tries to simplify wellbeing into 7 easy steps. It is not a book that claims to have all the answers. And it's not a book that argues for one particular perspective or theory or another. The book explores the intersection of two bodies of work, Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, two schools of thought that often find themselves at odds: with positive psychology being the champion of all things positive and ACT encouraging a more accepting approach to the full spectrum of human experience. But PP and ACT have great areas of overlap also. Both are concerned with human wellbeing and both have an emphasis on pathways involving meaning and values to achieve it.

Through a variety of chapters with leading researchers and practitioners from both perspectives, the book not only explores the areas of difference and similarity between these two fields, but also begins to build bridges towards a more complete science of wellbeing drawing from what probably represent the two fastest-growing disciplines in mental health.

Along the way, the book delves into a variety of interesting and important topics: mindfulness, love, self-compassion, positivity, rationality, guilt, shame, meaning and more. Do not miss the last chapter by Steven Hayes in which he provides a synthesis of the rest of the book and touches on "what PP can learn from ACT" and "what ACT can learn from PP." For anyone interested in either discipline, this chapter alone is worth the price of the book.

It is hard to imagine anyone coming away from this book without some new ideas and perspectives about wellbeing. I happen to be more fluent in positive psychology so the book helped me to learn a great deal about ACT. But I am also excited by the prospect of ACT practitioners learning about and being more open to some of the ideas from PP.

I have to admit that I had hoped that by the end of the book that PP and ACT would ride off into the sunset together, and sadly, this is not the case (it was more like an awkward first date, or as Hayes says, "the beginning of a conversation.") The editors aptly use the word "foundations" in the title, and I think we will see these foundations being built on for years to come.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing dialogue between ACT and positive psychology 15 April 2013
By Baljinder Sahdra - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a treat for ACT and positive psychology researchers and practitioners alike. It is no easy feat to accomplish but the editors and authors of this book have succeeded in initiated an intelligent and collegial dialogue between the two fields with divergent theoretical and methodological approaches. If you are looking for a book that begins to reconcile the imperative of promoting pleasant psychological states with the seemingly opposing message of taking less avoidant stance towards unpleasant states; if you are looking for a fresh perspective on what it might mean to embody psychological flexibility with respect to the full spectrum of human experiences; if you are looking for a book that offers scientifically tractable, yet useful in daily life, means to clarify the clichéd `meaning of life' of a well-lived life; if you are looking for any or all of these things, this book is worth reading. If you choose to read it, you may also discover other jewels that you didn't know you were looking for.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Deeper Mind-Body Integration 4 April 2013
By Brandice Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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If you practice yoga, aspire to mindful parenting, or are simply intrigued by the science underlying a thriving and integrated life, not "in spite" of life's guaranteed challenges, but "because" of them -then you must read this book! The editors' goal for this book is to build a more complete and integrative approach to improving the human condition, and every essay in this "greatest hits" collection undoubtedly achieves this goal.

From the first chapter you'll get immersed as the editors skillfully explain in layman's language how and why mindfulness approaches and outcomes differ between positive psychology and ACT and provided are illustrations of how you can start applying the seven psychological building blocks of well-being in your daily life. The seven foundations of well-being in a nutshell are an investigation into our beliefs, mindfulness and awareness, perspective, values, acceptance, behavior, and attention. Not only are there tons of evidence-based strategies and deep, contemplative insights for integration and thriving, each chapter ends with a comprehensive reference list for further learning.

Chapter 3 (Love and the Human Condition) and Kristin Neff's chapter 4 (Self-Compassion and ACT) are alone reason to have this transformational book on the nightstand. If you are committed to parenting, service, or mind-body integration by embracing all aspects of the human experience -the joy and the sorrow with a fierce, juicy loving mindset -then get ready for this fascinating and transformational read. I can't recommend this collection of essays highly enough.
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