These short videos are excerpts from an interview he did with the Australian TV personality, Zara. The two of them improvise some brief demonstrations of key techniques you might use in an ACT session.
As casual as the videos may be, they get a few ideas across quite well. I especially like the use of the hands and a sheet of paper to dramatize the effects of identifying or fusing with depressive experience. This simple exercise conveys the basic concept of shifting from avoidance to a strategy of acceptance.
Harris’s books and workshops help people apply the ACT methods to everyday situations but don’t get into the severe forms of depression, anxiety or bipolar. I think that’s wise since you can’t rely on self-help techniques alone to manage severe episodes. You need the additional help of a therapist or other forms of professional treatment to manage during the worst times.
Nevertheless, the ACT concepts are among the most valuable I know for dealing with the milder, but still debilitating, impacts of mood disorders. These are the everyday self-beatings and isolation that can distort the whole course of life if you don’t have good methods for breaking their hold on your mind and feelings.
I’ve made a small playlist at YouTube with the set of these interview videos, and I’m adding other lists of good videos to my YouTube channel. Let me know of any suggestions you have to add to this resource page.