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Deep dive: mental health & de-categorizing people


Dr. Steven Hayes is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, the author of 47 books and almost 700 scientific articles making him one of the most cited psychologists in the world. His work has been focused on developing a new behavioral science approach called Contextual Behavioral Science, and he is the originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

 In this episode with Freeletics CEO Daniel Sobhani they discuss what a better way of looking at mental health would be, the downsides of putting labels on people such as “Depression” or “ADHD”, and how mental flexibility can unlock happiness and performance.

If you want to learn more about 

  • Why society needs to change how to think about mental health 

  • The benefits of de-stigmatizing mental health to help us all feel and perform better 

  • The downsides of putting labels on people such as “ADHD”  

  • The emotional story of how Steven’s son was diagnosed with a condition and his subsequent battle to recover from it 

  • How mental flexibility can improve your performance 

  • How mental flexibility compares to a gym workout and why it could benefit all of us 

  • One paragraph to summarize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 

  • The best way to start working on mental flexibility and “dipping a toe in the water”

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