Archive for January, 2017

January 21

Mindfulness and Acceptance in Alcoholics Anonymous

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The idea of using meditation and mindfulness in psychotherapy may seem like a relatively new and fashionable idea, but it has been growing since the inception of psychotherapy itself. The edited book, “Mindfulness, Acceptance, and the Psychodynamic Evolution” can be interpreted as an argument that this approach isn’t just the “third wave of behavior therapy,” but has been evident throughout the therapeutic tradition. A similar argument can be made about a mindfulness approach to addiction treatment.

To begin, a look at the benefit of meditation and mindfulness is in order. The benefits, as indicated by the abundance of research, seem endless. …

January 1

Review-Acceptance, Mindfulness, and the Psychodynamic Revolution

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“Acceptance, Mindfulness, and the Psychodynamic Evolution” was given to me by the publisher to review. I used this book more times than I can count (at least 8!), in presentations, Psychology Today posts, and other writing. It has proven very valuable to me in this regard.

The book is a compilation (edited) of writings on how psychodynamic therapy is currently, and always has, used aspects of acceptance and mindfulness in its approach to therapy. Acceptance and mindfulness are relatively new, and fashionable, approaches to psychotherapy. I’ve been an advocate for years, having read a good deal on eastern philosophy and using both aspects to improve my perception and life overall.

The writers argue, …