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Life in the Future Versus Life in the Present


Address correspondence to Thomas D. Borkovec, Department of Psychology, Room 302, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. E-mail:


Roemer and Orsillo have provided an integrative perspective for developing more effective therapies for generalized anxiety disorder, based on existing knowledge about the disorder, cognitive behavioral approaches to its treatment, and conceptualizations and treatment methods from the acceptance/mindfulness tradition. The present commentary expands upon the notion of the adaptive value of focused attention on present-moment experience and cognitive perspectives that can facilitate that process.