The Tug of War Metaphor in ACT

Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D.

MidAmerican Psychological Institute
Pickslyde Consulting

Key Points

  1. How many times do you struggle with parts of the human condition that you don’t allow yourself to embrace?
  2. Drop the rope.
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The Tug of War Metaphor in ACT

The Tug of War Metaphor in ACT

Anxiety is frightening. It’s downright scary. Sometimes, it seems right to look at anxiety as if it were a monster.

The Tug of War Metaphor in ACT

And this monster in you has this rope that binds you both together. And the monster is pulling hard on that rope. You perceive that the monster is trying to pull you into the chasm of doom and that’s not where you want to be. You want to pull the monster into the chasm of doom so you don’t ever have to see it again. So you pull really hard on that rope but this anxiety monster is strong.

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