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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780332025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780332024
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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"Deeply personal, profoundly insightful, and above all, highly practical, this book will show you how to deal with "reality slaps"--those painful wake-up calls that we all have when things go wrong. Russ Harris has produced another excellent book about what it means to be truly human, how to deal with life's difficulties, and how to live a more engaged, meaningful, and pleasurable life."

--Anthony Grant, PhD, director of the coaching psychology unit at the University of Sydney and author of "8 Steps to Happiness"

"Sooner or later, reality is going to slap you. Loss, disease, betrayal or other misfortunes will arrive unexpectedly and shake your very foundation. At that moment, this wise book is one to keep within reach. It will do more than soothe you--it will ground you, guide you, and help you grow. Taking the time to treat yourself with kindness and awareness doesn't remove the pain, but it dignifies it and turns it into a profound teacher. This book will help you learn the lessons that pain can teach. You will want this book, not just for you, but also for those you love, knowing that sooner or later, reality is going to slap them, too."

--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life"

"Deeply moving and easy to understand, "The Reality Slap" is a book that takes us to the heart of being human to really help us change from the inside. Russ Harris has given us a truly compassionate gift that explains how we can enlighten ourselves on our journey through life's storms and calms. I had so many insightful moments that reading this book was a delight."

--Paul Gilbert, PhD, author of "The Compassionate Mind"

"No matter what we attempt to do, pain and suffering are inevitably going to creep into our lives, and the capacity to handle this pain is essential for fulfillment. So if you want a short-term boost of happiness with simple, banal ideas that your kindergarten teacher could have told you, go elsewhere. But if you want to create a stable platform of mindfulness, meaning, and purpose in your life, and develop the ability to handle pain effectively, then this is the book to read. It is my great hope that people will find this book and flexibly adopt the ideas within."

--Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, author of "Curious?" and "Designing Positive Psychology"

"Gripping and compassionate--a must-read for anybody going through a difficult life transition, such as divorce, illness, career change, or the death of a loved one. This is a rare work, one that is at once deeply personal and universally applicable."

--Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD, associate professor at the University of Wollongong and author of "Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life"

"Russ Harris is a world-renowned and highly respected trainer of acceptance and commitment therapy, a modern scientific model of human psychology that overlaps to a great extent with aspects of traditional spiritual wisdom. In "The Reality Slap," drawing from both scientific findings and his own personal experience, Harris invites us all into a vital conversation on how to handle life's rough edges. Read it, enjoy it, and you will find some genuine treasures in your life!"

--Niklas TOrneke, MD, coauthor of "The ABCs of Human Behavior"

"Deeply moving and easy to understand, The Reality Slap is a book that takes us to the heart of being human to really help us change from the inside. Russ Harris has given us a truly compassionate gift that explains how we can enlighten ourselves on our journey through life's storms and calms. I had so many insightful moments that reading this book was a delight."

--Paul Gilbert, PhD, author of The Compassionate Mind



"Sooner or later, reality is going to slap you. Loss, disease, betrayal or other misfortunes will arrive unexpectedly and shake your very foundation. At that moment, this wise book is one to keep within reach. It will do more than soothe you--it will ground you, guide you, and help you grow. Taking the time to treat yourself with kindness and awareness doesn't remove the pain, but it dignifies it and turns it into a profound teacher. This book will help you learn the lessons that pain can teach. You will want this book, not just for you, but also for those you love, knowing that sooner or later, reality is going to slap them, too."

--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life



"Deeply personal, profoundly insightful, and above all, highly practical, this book will show you how to deal with "reality slaps"--those painful wake-up calls that we all have when things go wrong. Russ Harris has produced another excellent book about what it means to be truly human, how to deal with life's difficulties, and how to live a more engaged, meaningful, and pleasurable life."

--Anthony Grant, PhD, director of the coaching psychology unit at the University of Sydney and author of 8 Steps to Happiness



"No matter what we attempt to do, pain and suffering are inevitably going to creep into our lives, and the capacity to handle this pain is essential for fulfillment. So if you want a short-term boost of happiness with simple, banal ideas that your kindergarten teacher could have told you, go elsewhere. But if you want to create a stable platform of mindfulness, meaning, and purpose in your life, and develop the ability to handle pain effectively, then this is the book to read. It is my great hope that people will find this book and flexibly adopt the ideas within."

--Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, author of Curious? and Designing Positive Psychology



"Russ Harris is a world-renowned and highly respected trainer of acceptance and commitment therapy, a modern scientific model of human psychology that overlaps to a great extent with aspects of traditional spiritual wisdom. In The Reality Slap, drawing from both scientific findings and his own personal experience, Harris invites us all into a vital conversation on how to handle life's rough edges. Read it, enjoy it, and you will find some genuine treasures in your life!"

--Niklas Torneke, MD, coauthor of The ABCs of Human Behavior



"Gripping and compassionate--a must-read for anybody going through a difficult life transition, such as divorce, illness, career change, or the death of a loved one. This is a rare work, one that is at once deeply personal and universally applicable."

--Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD, associate professor at the University of Wollongong and author of Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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I love the act approach so when a friend had a terrible thing happen to her i gave her this book in the hope it would help. She tells me she is practicing many of the books exercises and is having a profound impact on the way she has coped. So very positive i would say.
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Very good book brought after reading the first book the happiness trap.
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Great product.. thank you
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a life changer
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When we do not get what we want because it is beyond our reach (further progession within the company), capabilities of getting it ( becoming someone else i.e. as beautiful or rich as someone else...) or just impossible (for the one we are longing for is no longer amongst those who are alive or already living a happy life with someone else)...we often rush to fix this gap...the gap between the reality we are living in and the reality of our dreams...
There are a lot of books that tell us how to fix the gap and that is possible if we only want it. They would also claim and try to convince us that this is the way to be happy.
Russ Harris however, is more realistic about those unfixable gaps or rather shows us how we can live a fulfilled life looking within and not outside.
The book for those who are not afraid to wake up and live a happy life despite the weather of not eternal sunshine.
Highly recommended!
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At this time of reading I have been really struggling with pain and fear in my life: fear/worry for my little 4 year old son as we proceed along assessment for autism, fear for my mum and her recent diagnosis & radiotherapy treatment and as a backdrop to our fears our rented home of 6 years being sold and now having 5 weeks to find a new home without the financial security we would have liked. At times I have felt close to breaking down completely when I feel overwhelmed.... However, I believe I am learning new life skills from this book that are helping me cope. Sometimes it's mind blowing, sometimes just helps me find a trickle of hope. It's enough. I am thankful to Dr Russ for this great book. For me, inspiring, helpful and a bit like having just the right kind words from a friend who really understands. Our challenges are still here and I still hurt & fear but I also feel renewed strength with skills I'm learning. The wisdom and exercises are helping me. I hope if you are reading this & considering a book such as this that you too will feel the kindness and wisdom from this book and that it helps you find hope and strength. I'd also recommend if you can, applying these principals whilst getting out into nature (a nearby park for me) and prayer helps me too.. Maybe even guided me to this book. Also consider same author another amazing book, 'The Happiness Trap'. If you are in pain, give this book a try. I wish you well.
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Readable, practical and compassionate. A very humanistic and helpful book,written with humour, kindness and empathy. One of the least annoying and most helpful books of this genre that I've read.
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This is one of those rare books that really can and will help those of us who(sometimes) 'drop the ball' on occasion . So enjoy the book and you'll find your mojo again!
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