The Confidence Gap : A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt
by Russ Harris and Steven Hayes

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  • ISBN-13: 9781590309230
  • ISBN-10: 1590309235
  • Publisher: Trumpeter
  • Publish Date: September 2011
  • Page Count: 257

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-07-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Harris, an Australia-based physician, therapist, and lecturer on stress management, reiterates and expands on concepts from his earlier book, The Happiness Trap. Here he focuses on the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cognitive-behavioral treatment created by Steve Hayes in the 1980s. Harris applies it to helping readers learn to play the "confidence game." People in the confidence gap may desire a romantic relationship or want to find a better job, but when fear surfaces, they don't take action. Offering a solution to insecurities, shyness, and low self-confidence, Harris blends personal anecdotes, insights, and exercises to show readers how to get more out of life by overcoming their self-defeating patterns. For instance, he says, first, one must act with confidence; the feeling of confidence will follow. After showing readers how to "tame" their fear," Harris reviews strategies that lead to psychological flexibility and concludes with bringing the new skills together for ongoing success and peak performance. Newcomers to behavioral cognitive therapy and ACT may well find Harris's intriguing ideas of value. (Sept.)

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