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The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt


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Drawing on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness practices, this guide offers breakthrough insights and simple techniques for developing deep-seated, long-lasting confidence

Too many of us miss out on opportunities in life because we lack self-confidence. Whether it’s public speaking, taking on a leadership role, or asking someone for a date, there are situations in which we just don't feel equipped to handle the challenges we face. 

Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to “get over” our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them. Paradoxically, it’s only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it. 

Drawing on the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cutting-edge form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, The Confidence Gap explains how to:  

• Free yourself from common misconceptions about what confidence is and how to build it 
• Transform your relationship with fear and anxiety 
• Clarify your core values and use them as your inspiration and motivation 
• Use mindfulness to effectively handle negative thoughts and feelings.
“This book could save you years of psychological struggle, yank you out of negative emotional patterns, and help propel you to a much happier, more productive life.” —Martha Beck, author and Oprah Winfrey’s life coach

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590309230
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 94,769
Product dimensions: 8.92(w) x 5.98(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Dr. Russ Harris is a physician, therapist, and speaker specializing in stress management. He travels nationally and internationally to train individuals and health professionals in the techniques of ACT. Born and educated in England, he now lives in Australia. For more information, visit actmindfully.com.au.

Table of Contents

Foreword Steven Hayes, PhD ix

Introduction: A Daring Adventure, or Nothing 1

Part 1 Warming Up

1 Why Bother? 13

2 The Good Old Days 34

3 True or False? 40

Part 2 The double-edged sword

4 It Ain't Necessarily So 49

5 Off the Hook 61

6 Never Short of Words 79

7 The Self-Esteem Trap 89

8 The Rules of Engagement 100

9 Smell the Roses 113

10 Psychological Smog 118

Part 3 What gets you going?

11 Fueling Up 131

12 The Success Trap 145

13 Magic Glue 151

Part 4 Taming your fear

14 The Fear Trap 163

15 Plenty of Space 171

16 Riding a Wild Stallion 183

Part 5 Playing the Game

17 Throw Off the Bowlines 190

18 What's Stopping You? 201

19 The Motivation Trap 210

20 The Power of Self-Acceptance 217

21 Getting Better 226

22 Reach the Peak 235

23 It Ain't Over Till It's Over 242

Acknowledgments 249

References 250

Resources 252

Index 254

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