The Reality Slap (2nd Edition)

Sometimes, it can feel like life holds endless setbacks and challenges; like reality is continually slapping you in the face and causing pain that you aren’t equipped to handle. This ‘reality slap’ can take many forms, from the death of a loved one to the loss of a job, loneliness to rejection. And whatever form it takes, it hurts! With constructive methods based on real-world research, this guide gives you the tools to rebuild your life and thrive after serious setbacks.

Ten years after the success of its first edition, this fully updated and rewritten edition of The Reality Slap contains a new wealth of advanced expertise on coping effectively when life hurts. Dr Russ Harris shows you how to apply the scientifically proven methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in your daily life and reconnect with yourself and others.

Written in a kind, supportive voice with lots of examples and exercises, this timely self-help book contains mindfulness wisdom, hands-on advice and case-studies. Every aspect of the book is designed to be accessible, simple to implement, and to comprehensively tackle emotions arising from setbacks.

If you are facing difficulty and don’t know where to turn, The Reality Slap is the essential guide to finding happiness and fulfilment. Learn how to heal from your pain and come out stronger than before with this powerful book that might just change your life.

Specifications: 9781925820911 | Paperback | 234 x 151mm / 9.25 x 6in | 248 Pages

Dr Russ Harris is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist and psychologist who works in private practice, online teaching and the face to face training of counsellors and psychologists. He is also the bestselling author of The Happiness Trap, which has now been translated into 22 languages. Russ is one of the world’s leading authorities on ACT, and regularly travels all over Australia as well as internationally to train a wide variety of professionals in the approach. His other books include The Confidence Gap, ACT With Love, ACT Made Simple, and the fictional novel Stand Up Strummer. He lives in Melbourne

Blue Wolf Reviews
“The practical advice given and the wealth of scenarios, will aid the reader who has experienced a life-altering event to start accepting what has happened and how to move on.  Having a passion for his subject, the writer has provided three appendices of practical exercises and additional helpful resources.” Click here to read more


4CA Murray Jones – Breakfast
“It a way of making room for difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions… learning how to let them flow through you without squashing you, and living your values”


The Pregnancy Centre
“An essential reference book to navigate the choppy waters of these uncertain and stressful times.” Click here to read more


Kids’ Book Review
“Harris advises that the single most important beginning when facing loss, crisis and trauma, is to focus on what’s in your control so you are not swept away by pain. These emotions come in many forms. Therefore, grieving rituals, associated with all types of loss, are helpful and therapeutic with suggestions and examples always included.” Click here to read more.


What’s Up Downunder
”If you only read one book this year, the updated The Reality Slap should be it.”


Unity Words 
“Overall, I found this insightful book guides and supports the reader through their pain, reignites hope, and aids the discovery of a new sense of direction after The Reality Slap.”


Beauty and Lace
“read it now, and should a curveball or crisis appear, you’ll be more ready to handle it.” Click here for the full review.


Better Homes and Gardens
“A guide to coping well and finding meaning and fulfilment in the face of loss and crisis.”


Your Time Magazine 
The Reality Slap, is not a positive thinking manual but a guidebook for how to live more comfortably inside your own head when life turns your world upside down.”

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald

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