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KEY FEATURES: Material based on empirical findings as well as first-hand experiences makes the book a valuable resource for both guiding and inspiring readers. Connection of current debates with an analysis of the cultural healing practices of Far East Asian communities provides a critical point of departure for highlighting challenges and transformations within the field of health and mental health. Discussion of a range of issues makes the book relevant to scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students in training in the various health and mental health fields, as well as mental health clinicians, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and others. Exploration of research, theories, and practices extends beyond Asian groups to include all types of patients, clients, and groups. Chapter-ending discussion questions prompt readers ...

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Asian Thought
11 Acceptance and commitment therapy and asian thought
Kenneth Fung Zhuo-Hong Zhu

Worldviews can vary widely among cultures with implications in the understanding of suffering, healing, and recovery. Compared to the West, Eastern values place more emphasis on acceptance, harmony, and indirect coping than mastery, control, and active coping strategies, with the former sometimes perceived as inferior coping due to cultural bias.1 On the other hand, newer forms of evidence-based, third-wave behavioral psychotherapies have in common the explicit use of acceptance as well as mindfulness.2 This includes dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for borderline personality disorder (BPD), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for chronic depression, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which ...

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