Reverse Psychology, a powerful psychological tool familiar to every parent, also works on adults! Find your buttons, laugh at your inner joke, and be warmly provoked to change for the better.

After 25 years clinical practice using humor and reverse psychology to provoke people to change their behaviors, Dr. Brian Kaplan and Hephzibah Kaplan have co-created an original, accessible self-improvement book that is both funny and helpful. Almost Happy launches over 114 originally-designed graphics which label archetypal behaviors, inviting readers to find their buttons and digest provocative suggestions about how to change.
Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.

Almost Happy Buttons

Find your buttons, laugh at your inner joke, and be warmly provoked to change for the better.

If you are prepared to see the funny side of how you may be sabotaging your life, read on. We hope the provocative suggestions may elicit a wake-up call or perhaps jolt you into realising change is easier than you think.

So how about it? Are you ready?


find one or more buttons that resonate with you

buy your button and wear it alone, with friends or in public

make changes to your life or simply have a fun with reverse psychology

The authors

Brian Kaplan, MD

Has trained and taught extensively in counselling, psychotherapy, Voice dialogue therapy, Autogenic Therapy, Balint Groups, Family Constellation Work, Psychodynamic Supervision and more.

Hephzibah Kaplan

Hephzibah is an Art Therapist, Artist and Director of London Art Therapy Centre. As an art therapist she has written book chapters and articles for the professional literature. Almost Happy was co-created with Dr. Brian Kaplan emerging out of their clinical work in using humour consciously and ethically to change people for the better.

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The Kaplans makes a crucial and accessible contribution to time-limited psychotherapy

Ikwunga Wonodi, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
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It made me laugh out loud. Each button is a succinct and hilarious insight into this thing we call life.
I could not stop turning the next page, eager to spot myself, my friends and family in the tiny capsules of wisdom in this witty book.

Neil Mullarkey, Founder member of the London Comedy Store Players
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Love, humour and paradox are the three words I would use to describe this book. It describes some of our faults, our hidden wishes, our fantasy life in the form of buttons so we can show the world who we are underneath our professional masks. The book is a lot of fun, but paradoxically almost, the reverse psychology or provocative therapy as the authors describe, has great depth, as we find parts of ourselves that other therapies don’t reach. As we take ourselves more lightly, we become easier to be around - the aim of a lot of therapy achieved almost effortlessly.

Robin Shohet, therapist, author
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I finished reading Almost Happy last night and it’s a really clear and accessible work, no nonsense and a lot of fun! It blows away all the confusion for us lay people. I’m so pleased to have met my sub selves and to know it’s perfectly normal to hear these voices! What a relief!!

Brigitte Hill
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I love the simplicity of the book. Beautiful, perfectly precise and to the point. I've laughed out loud several times flicking through it and how great to have a reminder to laugh at yourself on a regular basis!

Em Colley
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I’ve just finished thumbing my way through Almost Happy and quite frankly it left me feeling almost joyous! It’s a kind of therapeutic masterpiece wrapped in a beautiful user friendly format. It both provokes and soothes in equal measure. It’s a work of art.

Simeon Niel-Asher Bphil, BSc(Ost), Osteopath
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This book is a triumphant achievement.....hilarious, original and utterly unique.

Michal Cooper Keren, Award-winning TV writer
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It's compact, beautifully designed and the concept of 'laughing at our subselves' is explained so clearly. It's a refreshing way to present some difficult material, addressing the parts of ourselves that we don't like through humour, clever visuals & provocative suggestions. Some parts made me laugh out loud! I mean, if we can't laugh at ourselves, then how can we affect change, and grow as individuals?

Mirella Issaias, Art Therapist

Almost Happy Book

255 Pages Hardback bound book. Includes shipping to the continental US.

Just flip the pages until you encounter buttons that make fun of the parts of you that are holding you back. Then read the tongue-in-cheek ‘suggestions’ that tease you with reverse psychology and nudge you to make some positive changes.

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