Steven C. Hayes is an amazing thinker. He has written nearly 50 books, and hundreds of articles. He is an originator of ACT therapy and RFT (Relational Frame Therapy). Google scholar data ranks him among the top fifteen hundred most cited scholars in all areas of study, living and dead. His career has focused on human nature, language, cognition, and the application of this to an understanding and alleviation of human suffering. His latest book, and topic of our interview, is called “A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters”.
In this episode, Steven C. Hayes talks about psychological flexibility, what it is, how we can cultivate it, why it matters, and how it can change our lives. We talk about something in this interview called “The Dictator within”; how to give distance to and how to get distance from it, to not let it run our lives or ruin our lives. We talk about awareness and attention. We talk about the idea of evolving on purpose, and so much more. Finally, we get into a little bit about writing and how Steven has written over a million words. We also talk about how Steven’s large volume of content has quite literally changed our world.
“Love isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”
This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:
- The dictator within
- Evolution and being ‘average’
- Diffusion from our own mind
- Psychological flexibility, emotional openness, and mindfulness
- Authoritarian Distancing
- A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters
- Steven’s first TED talk
- Randomized trials
- Contextual science
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