Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Science
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 101–106, March 2002
How to Cite
Hayes, S. C. (2002), Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Science. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9: 101–106. doi: 10.1093/clipsy.9.1.101
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Received June 28, 2001; revised July 13, 2001; accepted July 16,2001.
- acceptance and commitment therapy;
- emotional avoidance
The inclusion of technologies drawn from spiritual and religious traditions into empirical clinical psychology is a positive step forward, but it also helps reveal problems in the technological model of treatment development. The technological model does not necessarily lead to a more coherent, innovative, and progressive discipline, which requires the development of more adequate theory, not merely more adequate technology. If technologies drawn from spiritual and religious traditions are to be included in modern scientific psychology, the field must be free to interpret and transform them theoretically, without being limited by their religious and spiritual past.