In this interview, Diana talks with Dr. Kelly Wilson about kindness and the common humanity of feeling inadequate and broken. Dr. Wilson describes the evolutionary science behind suffering and how “evolutionary mismatch” plays an important role in modern-day physical and psychological illness. Dr. Wilson, a co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), demonstrates acceptance and compassion as he describes his personal path to self-care and the regular self-care practices he engages in. On the eve of his retirement, Dr. Wilson shares what’s next for him on his ongoing journey towards kindness and meaning.
In this episode you will explore:
- What it would be like to start caring for yourself like someone you love
- What evolution science tells us about the link between your mental health physical health
- Patterns and practices you can engage in daily that match how your body is designed to live
- Why imperfection makes you a better parent
About Kelly G. Wilson
Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University at Mississippi. He is past and founding President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Wilson is one of the founders of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has devoted himself to the development and dissemination of ACT and its underlying theory and philosophy for nearly 30 years. Dr. Wilson has published more than 90 articles and chapters, as well as 11 books including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, Mindfulness for Two, and Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong. He has central interests in the application of behavioral principles to understanding topics such as health and well-being, purpose, meaning and values, therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness. Dr. Wilson is the founder of Onelife Education and Training, LLC and has presented workshops and provided consultancy in 32 countries.
- Kelly Wilson Blog: 8 Practices for a Well Lived Life
- Kelly Wilson’s chapter on Evolutionary Mismatch is in the book Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science
- Mindfulness For Two
- Kelly Wilson’s Blog Post 30 Years in Recovery
- ACT Trainings with Kelly Wilson
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