The happiness trap : how to stop struggling and start living / Russ Harris ; foreword by Steven Hayes.

Main Author: Harris, Russ, 1966-
Published: Boston : Trumpeter, 2008.
Edition: 1st Shamhala ed.
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Summary

Are you, like milllions of Americans, caught in the happiness trap? Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presentsnbsp; the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The techniques presented in The Happiness Trap will help readers to:

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Reduce stress and worry
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Break self-defeating habits
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Overcome insecurity and self-doubt
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Create a rich, full, and meaningful life


Table of Contents

Foreword

p. ix

Introduction: I Just Want to Be Happy!

p. 1

Part 1How You Set the Happiness Trap

1Fairy Tales

p. 9

2Vicious Cycles

p. 19

Part 2Transforming Your Inner World

3The Six Core Principles of ACT

p. 33

4The Great Storyteller

p. 36

5True Blues

p. 46

6Troubleshooting Defusion

p. 56

7Look Who's Talking

p. 63

8Scary Pictures

p. 70

9Demons on the Boat

p. 76

10How Do You Feel?

p. 80

11The Struggle Switch

p. 86

12How the Struggle Switch Developed

p. 90

13Staring Down Demons

p. 97

14Troubleshooting Expansion

p. 106

15Urge Surfing

p. 115

16Back to the Demons

p. 120

17The Time Machine

p. 122

18The Dirty Dog

p. 130

19A Confusing Word

p. 135

20If You're Breathing, You're Alive

p. 139

21Tell It Like It Is

p. 146

22The Big Story

p. 149

23You're Not Who You Think You Are

p. 157

Part 3Creating a Life Worth Living

24Follow Your Heart

p. 167

25The Big Question

p. 173

26Troubleshooting Values

p. 180

27The Thousand-Mile Journey

p. 183

28Finding Fulfillment

p. 191

29A Life of Plenty

p. 199

30Facing FEAR

p. 203

31Willingness

p. 211

32Onward and Upward

p. 219

33A Meaningful Life

p. 227

Acknowledgments

p. 233

Suggestions for Crisis Times

p. 235

Further Readings and Resources

p. 237

Index

p. 238

About the Author

p. 245