- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Robinson (24 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849016887
- ISBN-13: 978-1849016889
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Confidence Gap Paperback – 24 Mar 2011
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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.
From the bestselling author of The Happiness Trap a gentle approach to increasing your confidence.See all Product Description
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...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
Highly recommended for anyone who is looking to overcome procrastination and struggling with a lack of confidence/motivation/direction.
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.
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Amazing and life changing! My first introduction to ACT, but I'm hooked, have bought more Russ Harris books since, and more books on ACT. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Auckland
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 7 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 8 months ago by Mr W L P Macwilliam