Values are a fundamental concept in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a form of therapy that helps individuals to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life by accepting their thoughts and feelings, and committing to actions that align with their values.
In ACT, values are defined as the things that matter most to an individual, and that they want to be remembered for when they are gone. These can include values related to family, career, spirituality, relationships, personal growth, health, and more.
One of the key aspects of ACT is helping individuals to clarify their values, and then to use these values as a guide for their actions. This involves asking questions such as, ‘What is most important to me?’, ‘What do I want to stand for?’, and ‘What kind of person do I want to be?’
Once an individual has identified their values, they can use them as a basis for setting goals and making decisions in their life. For example, if an individual values family, they may make a conscious effort to spend more time with their loved ones, or to prioritize family over work commitments.
One of the benefits of living in accordance with one’s values is a sense of fulfillment and purpose. When individuals feel that their actions are aligned with their values, they are more likely to feel a sense of meaning and satisfaction in their life.
In ACT, values are not seen as fixed or unchanging, but rather as something that can evolve and change over time. As individuals grow and change, their values may shift or evolve, and this is a normal part of the human experience.
By clarifying one’s values and committing to actions that align with them, individuals can live a more meaningful and fulfilling life, and feel a greater sense of purpose and direction.