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Life Changing, if You Do the Work,
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This review is from: The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT (Paperback)
If you aren't familiar with ACT (Acceptance Committment Therapy)the concepts in this book will be mind blowing, in a good way. I didn't know anything about ACT, but I've read every other self help book ever written (ok, that's a slight exaggeration)and thought it sounded interesting and was I ever right. After reading all those self help books, I am still dealing with the same ol' issues. I am confident that ACT will provide the answers I am looking for. One of the goals of ACT is to help us disengage from the mental struggles we are in, by teaching us not how to change or resist our difficult thoughts and feelings but to accept them (that's the A in ACT). This may not sound revolutionary, but for me, who has been trying unsuccessfully to change the same self defeating thoughts for years, this is big, really big, a breakthrough. I read the book through once and am now going back and doing all the exercises again. I am not kidding when I say this book had more impact on me, more quickly, than any other self help book I've read. It is crucial that you do all the exercises. Just like reading a book about aerobic exercise doesn't do anything to help you get in shape, reading this book without doing the exercises won't help you at all. But if you are willing and open to the concepts and do the work, ACT could help you live a better life.
I read Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy first and found that to be more academic and harder to understand. I strongly recommend reading "The Happiness Trap.." first because it makes ACT more understandable and accessible, but once you have a good grasp of ACT, "Get Out of Your Mind..." is a terrific book too.