- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Robinson (21 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780332025
- ISBN-13: 978-1780332024
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Reality Slap Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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A self-help book that will teach you how to cope effectively when life hurts and how not only to survive life's unexpected curve balls, but also how to thrive, despite them.
About the Author
Dr Russ Harris is one of Australia's foremost practitioners and trainers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based psychological therapy that aims to help you to reduce stress, overcome fear and find fulfilment. He is one of the world's leading authorities in ACT, and regularly travels internationally to train a wide variety of professionals in the approach. He is the author of The Happiness Trap, an international bestseller which has been translated into 22 languages, and The Confidence Gap.
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The difference in the focus is partly that Russ is talking about the big 'bad' events in life that hit us all now and again. But everything in the book is equally applicable to more everyday frustrations, fears and disappointments.
Improvements on HT are that there is a much greater focus on treating yourself kindly. This is really helpful and makes the other core techniques of ACT much more doable and gentle.
He also cuts to the chase quicker on core techniques which makes them easier to understand and to start practising. The depth he goes into in HT probably helps to really get a grasp of them but can be a bit forbidding in places.
He uses a bunch of new exercises that are very quick and effective and incorporate mindfulness, compassion and action.
Most of all for me is that he places Values more centrally and sooner in the discussion . I never could understand why he put the Values stuff at the end of HT. Seems to me it is not only a central plank but the prime motivator in ACT so needs to come early in the change journey or there might be no journey!
I get really excited about ACT out of all the therapies i have trained in. It is this central importance of Values that excites me. Not just individuals but organisations and even society seems to have lost the very understanding of what values are.Read more ›
I loved how Russ Harris would use real examples from his own life (in particular his Autistic son) when explaining the ACT approach. I also appreciated how Russ Harris admitted convincingly that even HE needs to consciously remind himself of the techiques he is writing about during painful times in his life. This made me think of him as a human with actual insight and not just a know-it-all expert who may make the reader feel like they must develop sound coping skills within a day of reading their book.
All in all, this book does not claim to have all the answers to your problems (or reality gaps). It does however provide the reader with some food for thought when looking at painful emotions. It aims to give the reader the opportunity to see painful situations in a different light (compared to other books) and deal with the "here and now". Highly recommended.
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A new way of looking at things, I like the concepts. Accessible read, no technical jargon.Published 6 months ago by M. Shannon