DBT Wise Mind Accepts Worksheet

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It is important to call on your Wise Mind while using ACCEPTS. ACCEPTS is meant to escape your present distressing situation for a moment so that you can return to it with a better mindset, meaning, Wise Mind.

ACCEPTS is an acronym that stands for Activities, Contributing, Comparisons, Opposite Emotions, Pushing Away, Thoughts, and Sensations.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of talking therapy specifically adapted to treat individuals who suffer from extremely intense emotions.

DBT focuses on providing therapeutic skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and The Middle Path.

DBT also presents three states of mind; reasonable mind, emotional mind, and wise mind. A wise mind is a balance between a reasonable mind and an emotional mind. It involves a deep sense of intuitive knowledge.

ACCEPTS is a DBT distress tolerance skill set in which the immediate goal is to distract the mind long enough to intervene in an emotional response to a stressful situation.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will teach individuals how to get through difficult feelings and situations and learn to tolerate things that cannot immediately change.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used as a tool to introduce individuals to the idea of the Wise Mind and ACCEPTS. 

This worksheet should also be used when an individual’s emotions are extreme and lead to behaviors that are ineffective.

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DBT Self-Help. (No Date). Distract with Wise Mind ACCEPTS. Available at: https://dbtselfhelp.com/dbt-skills-list/distress-tolerance/accepts/. [Accessed December 13, 2022]


Future Recover Healthcare. (© 2022). The “Wise Mind” ACCEPTS. Available at: https://futuresrecoveryhealthcare.com/blog/the-wise-mind-accepts/.  [Accessed December 13, 2022]