“Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir by Marsha M. Linehan”: An Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

“Two things make DBT unique. The first is the dynamic balance between acceptance of oneself and one’s situation in life, on the one hand and embracing change on the other. (That is what “dialectics” means-the balance of opposites and the coming to a synthesis.). Traditional psychotherapy focuses primarily on helping people change their behaviours, replacing negative behaviours with positive behaviours. The balance between pursuing change and pursuing acceptance strategies is a basis of DBT. This emphasis on acceptance as a counterbalance to change flows directly from the integration of Eastern (Zen), as I experienced it, and western psychological practice.”

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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