Author(s): Russ Harris
What if almost everything we believed about finding happiness turned out to be inaccurate, misleading, or false? And what if those very beliefs were making us miserable? What if our efforts to find happiness were actually preventing it? A growing body of scientific research suggests that we are all caught in a powerful psychological trap: a vicious cycle, whereby the more we strive for happiness, the more we suffer. This book provides an escape from ‘the happiness trap’, via a revolutionary new development in human psychology: a powerful model for change, known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT helps people to create a rich, full and meaningful life, whilst effectively handling the pain that inevitably comes with it. It achieves this through the use of six powerful principles, which are very different to the ‘common-sense’ strategies suggested in most self-help books. ACT has been clinically proven to be highly effective in a wide range of psychological disorders, ranging from depression and anxiety to drug addiction and schizophrenia. It is no exaggeration to say that ACT is changing the very face of western psychology — and it was recently written up as a major feature article in ‘Time’ magazine. Interestingly, although ACT is based on cutting-edge psychological research into human cognition, it has many parallels with ancient eastern philosophy. This book shows you how to apply ACT in your own life to increase self-awareness, develop emotional intelligence, enhance relationships, create a sense of meaning and purpose, access a transcendent sense of self, and fundamentally transform painful thoughts and feelings so they have much less impact and influence over your life.
Dr Russ Harris is a medical practitioner with a passion for life, health and healing. A leading authority on stress management, Russ regularly travels all over Australia, and internationally, training coaches, psychologists, doctors, and other health professionals in the use of 'mindfulness'.
Foreword Introduction: I Just Want to Be Happy PART 1: How You Set The Happiness Trap Chapter 1: Fairytales Chapter 2: Vicious Cycles PART 2: Transforming Your Inner World Chapter 3: The Six Core Principles of ACT Chapter 4: The Great Storyteller Chapter 5: True Blues Chapter 6: Troubleshooting Defusion Chapter 7: Look Who's Talking Chapter 8: Scary Pictures Chapter 9: Demons on the Boat Chapter 10: How Do You Feel? Chapter 11: The Struggle Switch Chapter 12: How the Struggle Switch Developed Chapter 13: Staring Down Demons Chapter 14: Troubleshooting Expansion Chapter 15: Urge Surfing Chapter 16: More Demons Chapter 17: The Time Machine Chapter 18: The Dirty Dog Chapter 19: A Confusing Word Chapter 20: If You're Breathing, You're Alive Chapter 21: Tell It Like It Is Chapter 22: The Big Story Chapter 23: You're Not Who You Think You Are PART 3: Creating A Life Worth Living Chapter 24: Follow Your Heart Chapter 25: The Big Question Chapter 26: Troubleshooting Values Chapter 27: The Thousand-mile Journey Chapter 28: Finding Fulfilment Chapter 29: A Life of Plenty Chapter 30: Facing FEAR Chapter 31: Willingness Chapter 32: Onward and Upward Chapter 33: A Meaningful Life Workshops Further Reading Resources Acknowledgements Index