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The Reality Slap and my gap

The Reality Slap by Dr Russ Harris
The Reality Slap by Dr Russ Harris

I’ve been reading Russ Harris’ The Reality Slap and have just finished it (in two days).

I’m reading it because it was pointed out to me that it may help with my literature review and looking at grief and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I have to say I’m not convinced that ACT has something to add when it comes to grief. Yes, Harris makes a compelling case, but I would have liked to have seen more exercises, more ‘things to do’.

The academic literature jury* is out on the efficaciousness of ACT, despite the compelling writings of Harris.

* Öst, L.-G. (2014). The efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 61(2014), 105-121.


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