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

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Shambhala Publications, 13.09.2011 - 240 Seiten
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.
 

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Inhalt

Introduction
1
Warming Up
11
1 Why Bother?
13
2 The Good Old Days
34
3 True or False?
40
The DoubleEdged Sword
47
4 It Aint Necessarily So
49
5 Off the Hook
61
13 Magic Glue
151
Taming Your Fear
161
14 The Fear Trap
163
15 Plenty of Space
171
16 Riding a Wild Stallion
183
Playing the Game
189
Untitled
190
18 Whats Stopping You?
201

6 Never Short of Words
79
7 The SelfEsteem Trap
89
8 The Rules of Engagement
100
9 Smell the Roses
113
10 Psychological Smog
118
What Gets You Going?
129
11 Fueling Up
131
12 The Success Trap
145
19 The Motivation Trap
210
20 The Power of SelfAcceptance
217
21 Getting Better
226
22 Reach the Peak
235
23 It Aint Over Till Its Over
242
Index
254
Back Cover
258
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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.

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