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ACT Core Process: Defusion

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Healthy Mind
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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
One of the core processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is Defusion. This is one of my personal favorite concepts and techniques, to help shift our relationship with our thoughts, and take them less seriously.
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Thank You Mind
Thank you Mind for your years of service. Also picture the Mind’s inner critic voice has a high pitched movie character.
There are two strategies discussed that we can use to take the potency out of negative, critical, or intrusive thoughts. One way is to let the thought come, thank your mind, and let it be. You take the power out of the thought when you don’t fight it, but be grateful for the thoughts that pass by. Another strategy is to play with the thought by imagining something funny or ridiculous in parallel with the thought. Using humor and play to take the negative power of the thoughts that pass by.