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
Highly recommended for anyone who is looking to overcome procrastination and struggling with a lack of confidence/motivation/direction.
...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!
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 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book - one of the best I've found so far. Russ has a way of explaining everything that's so easy to follow and makes it feel as if he's talking to you personally.Published 4 months ago by Vivienne Cousins...
My 'journey' with ACT started 9 months ago when I bought 'the happiness trap'. After looking at various other self help books/therapies I felt I'd finally settled on something... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr W L P Macwilliam
A fantastic book for everyone who truly want to develop themselves.Published 10 months ago by Rickard Bergwall