- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Robinson (24 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849016887
- ISBN-13: 978-1849016889
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Confidence Gap Paperback – 24 Mar 2011
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From the bestselling author of The Happiness Trap a gentle approach to increasing your confidence.
About the Author
Dr Russ Harris was born in Liverpool, England. After graduating in medicine from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, he emigrated to Australia. As a family doctor, he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of medical illness (and increasingly less interested in writing prescriptions). In his eclectic career, he has been a stand-up comedian, sex therapist, filmmaker, novelist, and workshop presenter. He now practices as a psychological health physician in Melbourne.
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Top Customer Reviews
...it has also been useful for me personally. It has helped me to think about the direction I am going in life and to have a more healthy relationship with the inevitable problems that crop up. (Remember the famous Mark Twain quote: "Life is just one damned thing after another!). This approach makes a lot of sense and can help you plan and work towards a more fulfilling and rewarding life.
Just read that last sentence again! It really is that good!
I think that the author has written a 'classic' self help book. I recommend it!
Highly recommended for anyone who is looking to overcome procrastination and struggling with a lack of confidence/motivation/direction.
The author uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to demonstrate how we do not have to be slaves to our thoughts (a nice example in the book is to try raising your arm whilst repeating to yourself "I can't lift my arm". see what happens!). The author also invites us to identify our values, the things that really matter to us, the things we want our lives to be about. He shows us that once we have a clear idea of our values we can then use these as a life compass, so that even if we are like a boat lost in fog (the comparison here being the fog of fear, doubt, sadness etc) we still know where we want to be heading.
As you work through the book you shall live life in a more and more fulfilling way, I personally have found myself going to bed satisfied with a day well lived and then springing out of bed the next morning ready for the next one! Negative emotions such as fear still occur frequently when i am pushing out of my comfort zone but instead of being dominated by them they just become friends along for the ride.
The best part of all this is that this method and ACT in general is widely backed by science. (examples and references are cited in the book)
Thank you Dr. Harris for an excellent book
The book acknowledges that we are primed to worry and that negative thoughts are part of how we evolved. The main deal is to not pay so much attention to our worries 'they dont like me' or to our fantasies 'they think I'm great' and to put attention into what really counts: how we behave, what we do, what we say, what we stand for.
I hope you find some good tactics in the book
The book helps show one ways to alter their brain's wiring if you like. It explains how we are hard wired as humans to think negatively (how else would we have survived) and covers a number of ways to allow a person to be able to diffuse from their negative thoughts. I had always tried to control my emotions, that approach is a losing game as I have learnt.
If you think you struggle with anxiety related problems, big or small I would recommend this book (or the Happiness Trap) however this book will require you to conduct the exercises and put in some effort, it is not a book you can read one sunny afternoon.
To all those that read it, good luck!
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