Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Not at all. In fact the mindfulness, acceptance, and values methods that help us step up to this modern challenge
have been shown empirically to increase people's willingness to confront injustice and to work for change because that is what more psychologically flexible people do when they live their values. Think Nelson Mandela. Think the Dalai Lama.
We found that outcome in the very first randomized trial on ACT in the modern era (trial #3 ... we are now at published trial #106). I've described it below.
My point was that you simply cannot solve the psychological problem of comparison entirely situationally. Not in the modern world.
Fortunately becoming more accepting of your emotions (etc) empowers your willingness to do hard things in the service of what you care about ... so we can have our cake and eat it too.
Bond, F. W. & Bunce, D. (2000). Mediators of change in emotion-focused and problem-focused worksite stress management interventions. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 5, 156-163.
Randomized controlled trial (N = 90). Shows that ACT is more effective than a previously empirically supported behavioral approach to reducing worksite stress and anxiety by changing the work environment, and that both are better than a wait list control. Those in the ACT condition not only became more psychologically flexible and less stressed than those in both of the other groups, but they then actively modified the work environment as much or more than the program specifically designed to encourage that.
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