You find yourself facing a painful situation, but don’t you have the emotional resources to overcome it?
Expectations have been placed upon you, to fight against pain and difficult situations and conquer them. Unfortunately, you have fallen into a trap.
Pain, anger, fear, sadness and shame are notoriously difficult emotions to manage as they have been forged by nature to protect us.
Fighting these emotions with the so-called wisdom that you have received only makes the situation worse – chances are that you have not even noticed this, as you have misplaced your faith in such ‘wisdom’.
It is natural for humans to suffer. However, suffering is not just about physical or psychological pain. People also suffer from emotional pain, doubts in self-worth, uncomfortable feelings, and painful memories. Because we dread or worry about suffering, we do everything we can to avoid such feelings. We constantly seek to minimize our suffering.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focusses on the problem of human suffering, but it also deals with much deeper matters. It addresses the understanding of human suffering as an important factor in realising a good life. This new form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) asks important questions such as “What is my real purpose in life?”