The Real Secret is a different kind of self help. We debunk the empty promises of so many books and DVDs and bring you a simple, sensible approach to real life fulfillment. We don't believe you can achieve happiness, or anything else, by simply wishing for, thinking about or visualising it. Our book - and this blog - takes only the best of what really works and turns it into a positive, practical 12-step programme that will enable you to take control of your life and raise your happiness levels.

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The Real Secret is simple, sensible, scientifically supported self help
by Lucy McCarraher & Annabel Shaw


And yet more praise for The Real Secret...

"The notion of choice and personal responsibility lies at the core of every journey to healing. As a psychodynamically trained therapist, I have run a practice for twenty years and have used many self help and personal growth books to support my client's therapeutic journeys. There is no panacea for happiness or success in life, however The Real Secret offers a structured approach to gaining healthy emotional habits – a form of CBT if you like – which is therapeutically sound. I agree with the common sense approaches which keep its readers safely grounded in the real world. 
Dot Palmer Fry BSc, RGN, RHV, BACPExecutive Coach, Management Consultant and Psychotherapist 

“This worthwhile book will guide you through changed thinking and behaviour patterns, helping you to acquire useful skills and powerful insights to improve the quality of your life, work and relationships. Amongst self help books, The Real Secret is low on jargon and high on useful information and techniques.  The strong format uses practical and psychological exercises which lead the way to greater autonomy, personal empowerment  and making the choices you need to achieve the outcome that you want.”
Jane Matheson MBACP (Accred), Cert. Couple Counselling (Relate)


More praise...

"Having written about mental health issues for many years, I find in The Real Secret a practical, positive programme that could be usefully implemented by almost anyone. Young or old, male or female, depressed or simply dissatisfied, The Real Secret's 12 Steps focus on key areas for building greater personal happiness. While I mistrust the way happiness has been adopted as a fashionable must-have in life, we naturally all want to feel as contented and at ease with ourselves and our lives as possible, and that is what this sensible, well-founded guide is offering."
Angela Neustatter, Journalist and Author of Talking About Myself series of young people’s books and This Is Our Time - an adult guide to the challenges of mid-life.

"The Real Secret is an accessible and readable popular book with a comprehensive bibliography that backs up its main points. The book debunks myths around 'thinking yourself well',  has a good simple chapter on improving relationships, including tips on empathic listening; some useful information and exercises on how to manage stress, anxiety (fight and flight effects) as well as some clear practical steps to aid setting achievable goals based on CBT principles.
Barbarette Mortimer, Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred)

"The Real Secret is a self help book designed for individuals to achieve happiness in their lives. It is written in an easy to understand and methodical way where readers can work step by step through the habit forming exercises. It empowers the reader to make changes, at their own pace, through well known and new techniques to take control of their life.”
Jenny Sladen, Personal Development Coach, JRS Life Coaching

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