The Distress Tolerance skills in DBT offer creative ways to get through challenging situations without making things worse.
In Part 2 of this overview of Distress Tolerance skills, we focus on acceptance skills. Both acceptance and change skills can help lower emotional distress so you can access your most wise, grounded self. Radical Acceptance, as well as skills that support Radical Acceptance, are covered in this episode.
- Some signs that you are rejecting reality are feeling stuck, resentful, or hopeless
- The most common obstacle to rejecting reality is conflating acceptance with approval
- Reality acceptance is the necessary starting point that precedes effective and meaningful change
- Everything is always changing
- We can’t change the past but we can change our relationship to what has happened in the past
- Radical Acceptance is an ongoing process
- You will a have a relationship to past trauma and losses for the rest of your life
- Radical Acceptance allows you to say “This is where I am today.”
- Fighting against threats is built into us
- Radical Acceptance doesn’t mean we don’t work towards change
- The absence of emotion is not the barometer of whether this this skill is working
- Turning the Mind points us in the direction of Radical Acceptance
- Cultivating a willingness to do what’s effective
- Notice and label when you’re being willful or fighting against reality
- Willing Hands and Half-Smile help you physically express acceptance and openness
DBT Skills Discussed
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