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ACT With Love : Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Russ Harris

ACT With Love

Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Paperback Published: 1st July 2009
ISBN: 9781572246225
Number Of Pages: 224

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Popular myths about love set us up for a struggle with real life. The inconvenient truth is there's no such thing as a perfect partner, all couples fight, and feelings of love come and go like the weather. But that doesn't mean you can't have a joyful and romantic relationship. Through a simple program based on the revolutionary new mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you can learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively and engage fully in the process of living and loving together.

With your partner or alone, ACT with Love will teach you how to: Let go of conflict, open up, and live fully in the present Use mindfulness to increase intimacy, connection, and understanding Resolve painful conflicts and reconcile long-standing differences Act on your values to build a rich and meaningful relationship

About the Author

Dr Russ Harris was born in Liverpool, England. After graduating in medicine from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, he emigrated to Australia. As a family doctor, he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of medical illness (and increasingly less interested in writing prescriptions). In his eclectic career, he has been a stand-up comedian, sex therapist, filmmaker, novelist, and workshop presenter. He now practices as a psychological health physician in Melbourne.

Industry Reviews

"Warm, engaging, and infinitely valuable, Dr. Harris has written the ideal book for couples who are seeking to strengthen their relationships and grow intimacy. Harris's ACT with Love takes acceptance and commitment therapy into the realm of couplehood in a kind, thoughtful, and realistic way. Share it with couples everywhere and use it in your own relationship. I plan to!"
--Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D., author of The Mindful Couple

"Not since Masters and Johnson on Sex and Human Loving has there been such a powerful, practical, and inspiring book written about love and relationships. Russ Harris really is a genius with words as well as an expert ACT clinician. With these qualities he succeeds in weaving together a path to successful relationships. Don't miss this book!"
--JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D., associate psychology professor at the University of Uppsala in Sweden

"Reading and following this book may well be the most precious gift you ever give not only to your partner, but also to yourself. I highly recommended it to those who wish to revitalize a floundering relationship as well as those who want to make a good relationship even better."
--Robert D. Zettle, Ph.D., associate psychology professor at Wichita State University and author of ACT for Depression

"If you want to be the best mate you can be in your relationship, this book will help. If both you and your mate want to have the best relationship you can have, this book will help that, too!"
--Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP

This should be read by every adult


Easy to read and understand, makes you think about not only relationships and making them better but your whole life in general. Hopefully if makes me a better person.



Very helpful, definitely a recommended read for every couple


This book was very useful at a challenging time in our marriage. We had been together for 5 years and married for two more and this book taught us many things we simply did not know about relationships and marriage. It made it all make sense and helped us refocus on wh we were together.



Invaluable resource


I use many of the strategies in this book in my relationship counselling practice

Coffs Harbour NSW


A very valuable help for couples wanting


Good to work through slowly with a partner



very sensible and useful


This book provides exellent advice on relationships, including worksheets andexercises, thus providing both practical and theoretical advice.

Canberra AU


Excellent book, easy to read and helpful


It's so easy to lose your way in a relationship. ACT With Love describes easily and in a non judgemental way how this is possible and offers great advice on how to get your relationship back on track. Even if your partner is not willing, the advice can easily be applied to any situation with people you come into contact or have a relationship with.



ACT With Love

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series editor letterp. v
acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: it's a messy businessp. 1
making a mess
mission impossible?p. 9
what's your problem?p. 16
making a commitment
should I stay or should I go?p. 27
does it take two to tango?p. 33
making it work
you're both hurtingp. 43
everyone's control freak!p. 54
look inside your heartp. 61
into the smogp. 75
the judgment machinep. 88
gripping storiesp. 98
the kiss of lifep. 105
name it and tame itp. 111
look at me! look at me!p. 122
the heart of the battlep. 129
take off the armorp. 137
the power of asking nicelyp. 147
you can't always get what you wantp. 155
open your eyesp. 163
sticky situationsp. 176
the christmas trucep. 184
intimacyp. 189
old word, new takep. 198
building a trust fundp. 202
let your self gop. 207
and now, time for some fun!p. 212
the adventure continuesp. 216
appendix: when it's over, it's overp. 223
resourcesp. 225
recommended readingp. 226
referencesp. 227
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ISBN: 9781572246225
ISBN-10: 1572246227
Series: Professional Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st July 2009
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.33