What Makes You Stronger: How to Thrive in the Face of Change and Uncertainty Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • 6h 43s
  • Ann Bailey, Joseph V. Ciarrochi, Louise L. Hayes
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2022

Discover the skills you need to face change and uncertainty with confidence—and grow even stronger!

Change can happen so slowly that you might not even notice it. And sometimes, it can happen in an instant, causing your world to come crashing down. For many of us, change is scary, and as a result, we may try to avoid it, or even actively resist it. But while burying our heads in the sand can provide some short-term relief, our fear can grow and manifest itself in life-altering ways like stress, anxiety, or depression. The good news is that you can learn to transform how you respond to unwanted change.

In What Makes You Stronger, you'll learn to apply the authors' proven-effective DNA-v model (Discoverer, Noticer, Advisor, Value, and Vitality)—a potent blend of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and positive psychology to gain resilience in the face of change. Using this simple six-step process, you'll not only cope with change and adversity—but grow stronger from it! You'll discover strategies for managing uncertainty, breaking unhealthy behavior patterns, and reducing overwhelm when things start to feel out of control. If you're ready to stop running from change, and start living a life guided by your values, this powerful guide will be with you, every step of the way.

About the Author

Louise L. Hayes, PhD, is an international acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer, speaker, clinical psychologist, and researcher collaborating on interventions for adults and young people. Hayes has published research trials using ACT, and is coauthor of The Thriving Adolescent—the book that introduced DNA-v—plus the bestselling books, Your Life Your Way and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens.

Joseph V. Ciarrochi, PhD, is a professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University. He has published more than 140 scientific journal articles and many books, including the widely acclaimed Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life and The Weight Escape. Ciarrochi has been honored with more than four million dollars in research funding. His work has been discussed on TV and radio, and in magazines and newspaper articles. He is ranked in the top two percent of scientists in the world across all disciplines.

Ann Bailey, MPsych, is an experienced ACT practitioner and supervisor who developed an award-winning public mental health service for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and anxiety disorders—integrating ACT, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Ann supervises a team of clinicians as director of her ACT-based Anxiety and Stress Clinic.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: DNA-V: The Four Foundations of Psychological Strength
  • Chapter 1 - Valuer: Directs Your Life Toward Purpose
  • Chapter 2 - Advisor: Makes You Efficient
  • Chapter 3 - Noticer: Strengthens Your Awareness
  • Chapter 4 - Discoverer: Broadens and Builds Through Action
  • Chapter 5 - Your Vulnerable Self
  • Chapter 6 - Your Boundless Self
  • Chapter 7 - Your Compassionate Self
  • Chapter 8 - Your Achieving Self
  • Chapter 9 - Your Profound Awareness
  • Chapter 10 - Changing to a Flexible Social Style
  • Chapter 11 - Bringing More Love and Friendship into Your Life
  • Chapter 12 - Managing Difficulties with Others
  • Chapter 13 - Active Hope as the World Changes


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