Friday, February 12, 2021
Helping our patients to live an authentic life but in a healthy way
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a wonderful framework to assist folks with living a life congruent with their values and being true to who they are. One can use the term “being authentic” perhaps. This will ensure greater “inner harmony”.
Having said that, there is one thing we may need to highlight. There is “healthy authenticity”, and there is “unhealthy authenticity”.
Healthy authenticity is living a life true to who we are and at the same time, really encourage others to live a life true to who they are too. We are accepting of self AND of others.
Unhealthy authenticity is living a life true to who we are, but then expect others to conform to our values. We are accepting of self but not of others.
Knowing where we are is important. Reflective but not critical will assist us with this balance. It may help us with our own happiness and in our close relationships.