1. The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: The Rise of Psychological Acceptance and Mindfulness

  1. James D. Herbert and
  2. Evan M. Forman
  1. James D. Herbert and
  2. Evan M. Forman

Published Online: 16 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118001851.ch1

Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies

Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies

How to Cite

Herbert, J. D. and Forman, E. M. (2011) The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: The Rise of Psychological Acceptance and Mindfulness, in Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies (eds J. D. Herbert and E. M. Forman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118001851.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470474419

Online ISBN: 9781118001851

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Keywords:

  • mindfulness;
  • psychological acceptance;
  • cognitive behavior therapy;
  • behavior therapy;
  • cognitive therapy;
  • acceptance and commitment therapy;
  • metacognition;
  • defusion

Summary

The past decade has witnessed an explosion of interest in theoretical models of psychotherapy and associated technologies that highlight psychological acceptance and mindfulness. These developments have been controversial, with questions centering on the role of cognition in treatment, the incremental effects of approaches aimed at fostering mindful acceptance, and the novelty of these concepts and techniques with respect to older approaches. This chapter situates these developments within the history of psychotherapy, and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in particular. We explore key characteristics shared by various novel acceptance-based models of CBT in addition to the philosophical and theoretical roots of tensions between cognitive- versus behavior analytic-oriented approaches. We review various theoretical concepts and intervention strategies that have emerged from this movement and explore unanswered questions in need of further research, clinical innovation, and theoretical development.