The Relevance Of Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT) In The Treatment Of Emotional Numbing Among The Adolescents: A Narrative Review

Uchenna Eucharia Enem, Bahago Samaila


The issue of emotional numbing is a serious emotional challenge among the adolescents and which is greatly impacting on them negatively and sometimes goes unnoticed until the damage is done. The study explored the concept of emotional numbing, its symptoms and the causes for a clear understanding of the phenomenon. It also examined the Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), its core processes as a suitable therapeutic property to resolve the emotional problem of the adolescents who go through such pain. The ACT is a process and mindfulness model which promotes psychological flexibility through fostering openness, awareness and engagement as illustrated in its six core processes. It was observed that the ACT promotes emotional awareness through the functions of the six core processes of the ACT model and as a result, could be adopted to manage the challenges of emotional numbing among the adolescents. The researchers therefore recommend that the therapists identify such adolescents in the schools and address their issues with the ACT model.

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