Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Radical Acceptance
Radical acceptance means complete and total acceptance of something, accepting reality, and is a key component of Dialetical Behavioral Therapy.
Yesterday, I listened to an interview with Marsha Linehan, the creator of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). If you aren't hip to the help DBT can offer, you might find some new ideas here.
What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?
DBT was developed in the 1980s as a treatment approach for Borderline Personality Disorder (a diagnosis often misgiven to PTSD patients since the symptoms are so similar). A modified form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, DBT differs from traditional CBT in its emphasis on validation - a powerful tool whereby the therapist and the patient work on "accepting" uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and behaviors rather than struggling with them. Once an identified thought, emotion or behavior has been validated, the process of change no longer appears impossible, and the goals of gradual transformation become reality.
The driving theory behind DBT is the idea that some people react more intensely to emotional circumstances, especially those involved in personal relationships, including romance, family and friends. DBT offers management techniques for those whose arousal levels increase more quickly than others, reach a high degree of emotional activation, and then take a notable length of time to reduce to baseline levels.
DBT's Theory of Radical Acceptance
One of the most interesting aspects of Linehan's interview was the idea of 'radical acceptance', one of the mainstays of the DBT process. What it is, plus how and why it works is the subject of this month's audio. Take a listen and tell me what you think in the comments below...
Rosenthal, M. (2013, October 25). Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Radical Acceptance, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2013/10/dialectical-behavior-therapy-radical-acceptance
Author: Michele Rosenthal
Pain + non-acceptance = suffering
That was the link on Amazon that I found for the book. The workbook is written at a easy to read level, and is constantly repeating itself, which at first I despised. Eventually though, I found that it was through this repetition that I "practiced" incorporating the changes. I have Bipolar not Borderline and although the primary focus is on borderline, almost anyone can benefit from this text. You can also follow the author on FB.