230: Steven C. Hayes | Accepting What Is And Pivoting Toward What You Want In “The Liberated Mind”

Professor Steven C. Hayes of the University of Nevada is prolific in the category of psychological research. He has put out over 600 scientific articles and 44 books. Most of his research has been in the categories of human language and cognition as they relate to reducing human suffering. He has built a form called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is psychotherapy using mindfulness and acceptance.

“Dr. Hayes has been President of Division 25 of the APA, of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form and has served a 5 year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health.”

He joins me on this episode to discuss topics from his book “A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters”. It was a great nonlinear discussion that brought up a lot of insights.

Show notes:

  • why you need to be continually putting effort in some category to have a chance in it
  • how those who are not ready for the difficult have no chance to acquire the great
  • what it takes to pivot toward the things you are interested in
  • how so many of your thoughts can run on auto-pilot until you deconstruct the steps leading to them
  • where you need to go mentally to clear up a past issue and come to a conclusion
  • and much more

You can check out A Liberated Mind on Amazon, or check out Dr. Hayes web page, or his Twitter.