By Russ Harris
Trumpeter Books, $15.95, 258 pages

Do you feel like you are missing out opportunities because of fear, shyness or low self-worth? Do you avoid challenging projects at work, public speaking or asking a special someone on a date? Russ Harris Ph.D., author of The Happiness Trap  introduces a new solution to this fear.  He does not insist you ignore your fears, make them go away or buck up. He instead advocates for fully understanding those fears and to stop fighting against them. He lays the framework for anyone to transform their fears and have the confidence to achieve in his new book, The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt. In it he provides simple techniques and visualization exercises drawn from ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Training, an innovative mindfulness-based therapy. He teaches you how to unhook yourself from your fears and negative thoughts and have the confidence to attempt the things that are truly important in your life. Give yourself time to soak in the details of Harris’s The Confidence Gap and you will find the power within yourself to create a more confidant you.

Catherine McMullen

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