A primer on relational frame theory (RFT)

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Historically, relational frame theory (RFT; Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, et al., 2001) has been seen as providing the basic science foundation for ACT by offering a detailed and empirically supported account of human language and cognition. The basic idea behind both RFT and ACT is that the evolution of human language, conceptualized as derived relational responding, creates the potential for a type of psychological suffering that is largely unique to humans. The purpose of the current chapter is not to focus on how RFT accounts for human psychological suffering, but rather to provide an up-to-date summary of the theory itself. The general aim, therefore, is to help readers of the current volume to contextualize, and better understand, any references that are made to RFT in other more clinically-focused chapters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
EditorsMichael P Twohig, Michael E Levin, Julie M Petersen
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


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