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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (24 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849016887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849016889
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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This book could save you years of psychological struggle, yank you out of negative emotional patterns, and help propel you to a much happier, more productive life. Martha Beck, author of "Finding Your Own North Star"
An exciting alternative to the usual approach of so many self-help books. Harris explains how we can work with ourselves as we are, rather than aggressively trying to alter ourselves. I m impressed by the simple and effective methods of ACT. David Richo, PhD, author of" How to Be an Adult in Relationships"
One of the most hopeful (and helpful) messages we can take away from this book is this: we can learn to do the things that matter, even when our minds say it s not possible. "Spirituality & Health ""

"This book could save you years of psychological struggle, yank you out of negative emotional patterns, and help propel you to a much happier, more productive life."--Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star
"An exciting alternative to the usual approach of so many self-help books. Harris explains how we can work with ourselves as we are, rather than aggressively trying to alter ourselves. I'm impressed by the simple and effective methods of ACT."--David Richo, PhD, author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships
"One of the most hopeful (and helpful) messages we can take away from this book is this: we can learn to do the things that matter, even when our minds say it's not possible."--Spirituality & Health --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the bestselling author of The Happiness Trap a gentle approach to increasing your confidence.

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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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This book is really good for understanding how to build your confidence. If, like me, that's something you struggle with and you're fed up with being told "you just need to feel/ be more confident" but with no one seeming to know how to do that, then read this book. The way the book describes/ talks about confidence is really helpful and it describes an approach to building confidence that actually works. Part of that is challenging your perception of what confidence is and how you get it; it's a subtle point but makes a real difference. The book doesn't provide a quick fix, but it doesn't pretend to and if you want lasting confidence, a quick fix is not going to give you that. I found the practices and understanding it provides do work.

Personally, I found the way the book is written quite cheesy and is a bit too typical of other self-help books (and I've read a lot!); some people may appreciate or may not mind that, but it did grate on my nerves. However, I did find it worth sticking with. I've rated it 4 stars for what I've got out of it, but it would've rated it 3 stars if it was just for the book and the style of writing alone.

ACT is based in Mindfulness and there are better books available to learn about Mindfulness, for example, "Mindfulness - A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world" by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, is excellent. I'm glad I discovered Mindfulness first, as I feel practicing that has been a massive help for coping with negative thoughts and expectations, anxiety and fears; the things that can and do undermine your confidence. Once you have that basis and add the practices and understanding of how to build confidence provided in this book, you're onto a winner! I found it has helped me and I hope it will help you too!
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Recommended, but found it a little ponderous.
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very good
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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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an easy to read book with example of how ACT works, well worth the investment.
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as expected
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A good read and helpful
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