The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Russ Harris
- Genre: Mood Disorders, Depression, Cognitive Psychology
- Publish Date: 8 January 2022
- Size: 1.3 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
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I JUST WANT TO BE HAPPY
Just suppose for a moment that almost everything you believed about
finding happiness turned out to be inaccurate, misleading or false. And
suppose that those very beliefs were making you miserable.
What if your
very efforts to find happiness were actually preventing you from
achieving it? And what if almost everyone you knew turned out to be in
the same boat—including all those psychologists, psychiatrists and selfhelp gurus who claim to have all the answers?
I’m not posing these questions just to grab your attention. This book is
based on a growing body of scientific research that suggests we are all
caught in a powerful psychological trap. We lead our lives ruled by many
unhelpful and inaccurate beliefs about happiness—ideas widely accepted
by society because ‘everyone knows they are true’.
On the surface, these
beliefs seem to make good sense—that’s why you encounter them again
and again in nearly every self-help book you ever read. But these
erroneous beliefs are both the cause of and the fuel for a vicious cycle, in
which the more we try to find happiness, the more we suffer. And this
psychological trap is so well hidden, we don’t even have a clue that we’re
caught and controlled by it.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is there’s hope. You can learn how to recognise the
‘happiness trap’ and, more importantly, you can learn how to climb out of
it—and stay out. This book will give you all the skills and knowledge you
need to do it. It’s based on a revolutionary new development in human
psychology: a powerful model for change known as Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy (ACT).
ACT (pronounced as the word ‘act’) was created in the United States of
America by psychologist Steven Hayes, and was further developed by a
number of his colleagues, including Kelly Wilson and Kirk Stroshal. ACT
has been astoundingly effective in helping patients with a wide range of
problems: from depression and anxiety to chronic pain and even drug
addiction. For example, in one remarkable study, psychologists Patty
Bach and Steven Hayes used ACT with patients suffering from chronic
schizophrenia and found that only four hours of therapy were sufficient to
reduce hospital readmission rates by half! ACT has also proved highly
effective for the less dramatic problems that millions of us encounter,
such as quitting smoking and reducing stress in the workplace. Unlike the
vast majority of other therapies, ACT has a firm basis in scientific
research and, because of this, it is rapidly growing in popularity among
psychologists all around the world.
The aim of ACT is to help you live a rich, full and meaningful life, while
effectively handling the pain that inevitably comes your way. ACT
achieves this through the use of six powerful principles, which are very
different from the so-called commonsense strategies suggested in most
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