Happiness Trap How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

ISBN-10: 1590305841

ISBN-13: 9781590305843

Edition: 2008

Authors: Steven Hayes, Russ Harris

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What if almost everything you believed about finding happiness turned out to be inaccurate and misleading? What if those very beliefs were in fact making you miserable? Too many of us are caught in the happiness trap: we think that we should be happy all or most of the time, and we believe that we can control the circumstances of our lives in order to avoid unpleasant experiences. In reality, every life is touched by disappointment and difficulty. Ironically, it is our fear of negative experiences that keeps us trapped in cycles of unhappiness. Based on the insights and techniques of a new form of psychotherapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Harris offers key principles and techniques for escaping the “happiness trap” to create a full, rich, and meaningful life. Harris shows how mindfulness and acceptance can help us to overcome common emotional problems. He presents the six key techniques of ACT that have been proven effective in helping individuals to: handle painful feelings more effectively escape the grip of self-defeating habits, including addiction rise above fears, doubts, and insecurities create a richer and more meaningful life
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Russ Harris is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist, and executive coach. He is author of ACT Made Simple, ACT with Love, The Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap, Getting Unstuck in ACT, and the international bestseller The Happiness Trap. He is also a world-renowned trainer in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He lives and practices in Melbourne, Australia.

Introduction: I Just Want to Be Happy!
How You Set the Happiness Trap
Fairy Tales
Vicious Cycles
Transforming Your Inner World
The Six Core Principles of ACT
The Great Storyteller
True Blues
Troubleshooting Defusion
Look Who's Talking
Scary Pictures
Demons on the Boat
How Do You Feel?
The Struggle Switch
How the Struggle Switch Developed
Staring Down Demons
Troubleshooting Expansion
Urge Surfing
Back to the Demons
The Time Machine
The Dirty Dog
A Confusing Word
If You're Breathing, You're Alive
Tell It Like It Is
The Big Story
You're Not Who You Think You Are
Creating a Life Worth Living
Follow Your Heart
The Big Question
Troubleshooting Values
The Thousand-Mile Journey
Finding Fulfillment
A Life of Plenty
Facing FEAR
Onward and Upward
A Meaningful Life
Suggestions for Crisis Times
Further Readings and Resources
About the Author
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