The Happiness Trap

The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Woolombi, Australia
  • 3 Tables, black and white; 1 Line drawings, black and white
  • 0908988907
  • 9780908988907
  • 59,630

Table of contents


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


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About Dr. Russ Harris

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'.
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