ACT with Love
Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
by Russ Harris
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Pub Date 22 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2023
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
Let's face it: Picture-perfect storybook romances don't exist in real life. Couples fight. Feelings of love wax and wane through the years. And the stress and tedium of everyday life and work can often drive a wedge between even the most devoted couples. So, how can you reignite passion and intimacy in your relationship, cultivate greater understanding and compassion between yourself and your partner, and bring the joy back to your love life?
In this fully revised and updated edition of ACT with Love, therapist and world-renowned ACT expert Russ Harris shows how developing psychological flexibility-the ability to be in the present moment with openness, awareness, and focus, and to take effective action in line with one's values-can help you and your partner strengthen and deepen your relationship. Also included is new information on attachment theory, powerful mindfulness and self-compassion techniques, and assertiveness and boundary-setting skills.
ACT with Love will show you how to:
·Let go of conflict, open up, and live fully in the present
·Use mindfulness to increase intimacy, connection, and understanding
·Resolve painful conflicts and reconcile long-standing differences
·Act on your values to build a rich and meaningful relationship
If you're looking to increase feelings of intimacy, love, and connection with your partner, this book has everything you need to get started-together.
“If you are a human being in relationships, ACT with Love has something to offer, with updated content; relatable, inclusive examples; access to audio-guided exercises and worksheets; and exercises you can try out on your own, or with a partner. This edition includes essential skills for healthy communication, negotiating with others, and improving interpersonal intimacy. Russ’s writing style and insights bring compassion and authenticity to life on every page.”
—Sheri Turrell, PhD, psychologist and psychoanalyst in Toronto, ON, Canada; adjunct faculty in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto; peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer; and coauthor of ACT for Adolescents
“Having a successful relationship is hard work, especially given all the myths about finding your one true soulmate. In this updated book, Russ Harris explodes these myths and provides you with a practical handbook to navigate the complexities of relationships in a realistic, heartfelt, and meaningful way. You’ll be given all the tools and techniques you need to build your relationship and create a connection that is deep, fulfilling, and lasting.”
—Joe Oliver, PhD, founder of Contextual Consulting, and coauthor of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Self-Esteem