In this talk Dr. Hayes argues that human beings evolved for compassion and cooperation, based in part on the impact of eusociality on human language. This view has extraordinary implications for how we can achieve peace of mind, placing perspective taking and compassion at the center of psychotherapy itself. Such a view has the exciting possibility of bringing together different traditions in psychotherapy that often consider themselves rivals.
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Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D Clinical Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, is a Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles, he is known for his work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a widely used and researched method of psychological and behavioral intervention, and Relational Frame Theory, a comprehensive empirical research program on human language and cognition. Dr. Hayes has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and is among the most cited psychologists in the word.