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On today's show, we'll be talking about acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT therapy for short, with my guest, Dr. Steven C. Hayes. Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada and author of 30 books and nearly 400 scientific articles. His career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering.
In 1992, he was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 30th highest impact psychologist in the world during 1986 through 1990. Dr. Hayes has been president of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association - that's the division of experimental behavior analysis. He also served a 5-year term on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health.
His popular book, 'Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life' was the number one self-help book, reaching number 20 overall on Amazon and briefly outselling Harry Potter for several days.
Now, here is the interview.
Dr. Steven Hayes, welcome to Wise Counsel.
Dr. Steven Hayes:Glad to be with you.
David:Yes, it's great to have you here. Now actually I heard about your work from someone else who suggested that you would make a great interview subject and so I must confess to being quite ignorant. I've been to your website and I see that you have a very full, rich, productive professional life, a very elaborate website that would take quite a while to thoroughly plumb and understand everything there, so I'm probably going to ask you some fairly naive questions. Hopefully you'll be tolerant of that.
David:I know that you've developed a new approach to therapy that you call 'ACT', and do you call it 'A-C-T' or do you call it 'ACT'?
Steven:I call it 'ACT', 'A-C-T' to my ears always sounds like 'E-C-T' and I'm waiting to be shocked, but no, we call it 'ACT' just by tradition.
David:Yeah, well, that's good, because there's a theater company in San Francisco called 'A-C-T', so...