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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (11 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611801575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611801576
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're struggling with difficult moods or depression this little illustrated version of the longer book is just the thing to begin to break the cycle. It's clear, easy to follow and non-patronising and gives you tools to help yourself no matter how little energy or motivation you may have even at your lowest points.
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the material is really helpful and practical and it is written with a series of cartoons - which, far from putting me off, I found immediately engaging.
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The cartoon format allows the concepts to come across quickly. I did wonder what I was missing from the original though.
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By dave on 10 Oct 2014
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Recommended to me and so glad I have started to read it. Demystifies happiness
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Combat troubling thoughts & overwhelming emotions 10 April 2014
By Daniel G. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What if you could find a way to handle the thoughts that derail you and the emotions that overwhelm you?

This book introduces Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as that solution. Think of it as a workbook for fully experiencing life.

The three parts of ACT are:
• Defusion: where you see all thoughts as just stories and so unlink yourself from them.
• Expansion: where you make room for uncomfortable feelings and sensations rather than seeking to avoid them.
• Connection: where you bring your awareness to the present.

In a sentence: ACT teaches you to take action – regardless of how you think or feel – toward creating a fulfilling life.

I came across the original “The Happiness Trap” when I started work with an ACT psychologist in 2010. Applying it helped free me from an addiction that had controlled me since 1996.

When I found this cartoon version, I wondered how much of the original content they’d be able to condense. Would key ideas vanish?

What I’ve found is that everything’s there, and perhaps a little more. This version is just as helpful as the original.

Aimed at people who are so depressed that reading is hard, it meets their needs. But it’s helpful for anyone who lets emotions or thoughts control their lives.

This is the first time I’ve received a digital review copy and then bought the print book. It’s a fun, enjoyable and helpful guide that you’ll want to have on hand.
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An accessible, practical and helpful guide. Excellent! 27 April 2014
By Patto - Published on Amazon.com
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The Illustrated Happiness Trap is a very readable and truly helpful guide to mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment strategies. I'm an ACT therapist, and after reading this book, I've given and recommended it to quite a few people. Although it is a condensed (and illustrated) version of The Happiness Trap, it covers the same information in a very pragmatic and engaging way. I really appreciate The Illustrated Happiness Trap because some people just aren't likely to read the longer book. It's been particularly helpful with teens, and for that reason, I'd love to see a version with examples and stressors more common to teens. Thanks for another winner, Russ.
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Excellent companion book 30 April 2014
By Matthew W. Hess - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the companion book, helps to cut through much of the text- better after you've read the original book, however.
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It's like Cliff's Notes but entertaining 18 Aug 2014
By Brian Nussbaum - Published on Amazon.com
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A great accompaniment for the book "The Happiness Trap". I use this for instructional purposes and as a refresher. I'm a big fan of ACT and I use it and teach it as a therapist. This book helps reinforce the core principles in an easy to understand manner.
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Very quick read! 15 Aug 2014
By Stevenk - Published on Amazon.com
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Quick and to the point, for my attention span when it comes to reading (in-between little and none) I was able to finish this book rather quickly and get the main points out of it. Not for everyone, but if you, like me, have read the first 10 pages of hundreds of books, than this is for you!
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