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The Confidence Gap [Paperback]

Dr. Russ Harris
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Book Description

24 Mar 2011
This is a hands-on, self-help guide to gaining long-lasting confidence and overcoming fear using mindfulness-based therapy. The author explains how many of us are playing the 'confidence game' using the wrong rules, and guides the reader through clear, simple exercises designed to help you manage difficult emotions such as anxiety and build genuine confidence. "The Confidence Gap" has a gentler, more thoughtful approach to teaching confidence than the typically aggressive/peppy self-help approach. It is instructive, reassuring and gentle in tone, which will appeal to women as well as men and the business market.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (24 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849016887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849016889
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb overview of a new and exciting therapy 3 Nov 2012
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I thought the 'Happiness Trap' was a great book. It remains a very readable and very entertaining approach to a serious subject. The Confidence Gap is even better. I am a clinical psychologist and I have been working with people with anxiety and depression for many years - I am aware of the range of self-help books in the field - and believe me, this book is one of the best. It revisits the field and provides a more comprehensive overview of the ACT philosophy and treatment strategies. It has really helped me in work with patients. And.....

...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!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Luke T
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I found this book to be very helpful. The book is insightful and uses easy to understand real-world examples to explain the various concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The practical exercises found throughout the book are easy to get stuck into right away and can be very effective.

Highly recommended for anyone who is looking to overcome procrastination and struggling with a lack of confidence/motivation/direction.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book. 13 May 2011
Format:Paperback
The confidence gap is a brilliant new book by Dr. Russ Harris that in my opinion has really hit the nail on the head with how true confidence works and can be achieved. It explains clearly how with a little hard work and perseverance we can learn to understand ourselves better and achieve things we were previously terrified of.

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
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pragmatic, focussed and thoughtful 25 Jan 2014
By SC
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This is an excellent book for people needing assistance in dealing with confidence and anxiety difficulties in a pragmatic way. Right from the start, readers are encouraged to be clear as to what greater confidence would look like in our own lives, and to reflect on particular circumstances where we are currently struggling. Regular prompts to check on what our thoughts are doing help with active reading and a variety of exercises are introduced to identify values and develop mindfulness. These are built on in a structured way so that by the end of the book readers should be able to have a specific plan for dealing with areas of life that would benefit from more confidence.

The insights in this book have already gripped me and, along with the exercises, are helping me to approach challenging situations more calmly and to deal with their consequences with more resilience. Having recently experienced a sudden drop in confidence following illness I was in the unexpected position of shopping for a 'self-help' book, particularly for dealing with the problems I have been having at work. There are many schools of thought in developing confidence, ranging from the vague spiritual/relaxation approach to an aggressive, confident = dominant tone, which to me would be an entire personality change. This book may not be a strategy that suits everyone and some potentially uncomfortable self-analysis is required, but for those who prefer a calm, focussed approach and who are willing to put in the effort and thought I would strongly recommend it.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical solutions for real life 3 Sep 2011
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This book reinspired me when I'd lost my confidence and felt full of loathing for self-help therapy books.

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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Delivered on time, ok read so far.
Published 10 days ago by Ski
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend for anyone with confidence and anxiety
I am about 50 pages into this book and so far it has been very interesting and thought provoking.

It is clearly written with short sections so you can pick up and put... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mrs Nicola Gudgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A different take on the mainstream.
Published 29 days ago by PK
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful if you are willing to learn
This book (alongside counselling etc) has helped improve my life immensely by becoming more mindful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by philip turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
I found this book very engaging. He spoke in a very honest and understanding way. I have read through it without making notes but shall now reread it making the necessary notes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars The best advice out there for improving self confidence
For anyone looking for that magical silver bullet this isn't. But its a brilliant book that can shift your perception in how you deal with fear, to make major improvements in your... Read more
Published 11 months ago by TJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful advice if you feeling a bit bruised and battered by life and...
Great read lots of common sense and an alternative way of viewing person issues that sometimes can be hard to express.
Published 12 months ago by Ann Broni
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Pleased
Im really pleased with the book, Its full of the information that I needed. well written. and was a great help.
Published 13 months ago by Ian D. Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book
This book is very easy to use and provides a great deal of practical advice for those who are suffering problems with fear and lack of confidence.
Published 16 months ago by Nas
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating
Excellent motivating tips with this book, I frequently review extracts and quotes gathered. ACT leads you to expand how you view confidence, it certainly means something different... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jcas980080@aol.com
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