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Better than perfect : 7 strategies to crush your inner critic and create a life you love
ISBN:
9781580055499
Publication:
Berkeley : Seal Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
373 pages ; 23 cm
Contents:
Do you strive to be perfect. What is perfectionism? ; Are you a perfectionist? ; The price and profits of perfectionism ; Fear versus passion -- 7 strategies to get out of your own way. Postmortem your past ; Evaluate your expectations ; Reinforce new roads ; Fail forward ; Eliminate extremes ; Create, don't compare ; Transcend -- Better than perfect.
Summary:
"Perfectionists exist in every walk of life. While outwardly they appear to be very accomplished, they are often unhappy and unfulfilled. Perfectionists strive toward unattainable goals, and their behaviors can wreak havoc on both their physical health and their psychological well-being. Timely and transformative, Better than Perfect by Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo offers step-by-step instructions for perfectionists to find balance and freedom. The book defines perfectionism in easy-to-understand terms, offers simple assessment tools, and shares case studies of Lombardo's patients to highlight the condition. Also included are practical exercises and suggestions for behavioral changes, including seven ways to overcome perfectionism that range from choosing passion over perfection to remembering you're more than what you do. With the ultimate goal of helping readers achieve happiness and prosperity without the stress of making sure things are "perfect, " Better than Perfect is a fundamental guide for all perfectionists seeking new, fulfilled, and empowered lives"-- Provided by publisher.
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From Shaquille O'Neal's "head coach for happiness," a proven, powerful method for shaking the chains of perfectionism to live a happier, healthier life

Perfectionists exist in every walk of life. While outwardly they appear to be very accomplished, they are often unhappy and unfulfilled. Perfectionists strive toward unattainable goals, and their behaviors can wreak havoc on both their physical health and their psychological well-being.
Timely and transformative, Better than Perfect by Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo offers step-by-step instructions for perfectionists to find balance and freedom. The book defines perfectionism in easy-to-understand terms, offers simple assessment tools, and shares case studies of Lombardo's patients to highlight the condition. Also included are practical exercises and suggestions for behavioral changes, including seven ways to overcome perfectionism that range from choosing passion over perfection to remembering you're more than what you do.
With the ultimate goal of helping readers achieve happiness and prosperity without the stress of making sure things are perfect ; Better than Perfect is a fundamental guide for all perfectionists seeking new, fulfilled, and empowered lives.


Author Notes

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is a clinical psychologist, coach, and highly sought-after speaker. She frequently appears on The Today Show and is a regular contributor to Better Homes and Gardens. She lives with her family in Chicago.


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Library Journal Review

With the goal of helping people "before they need the couch," clinical psychologist Lombardo explains how to combat perfectionism and stop striving for unattainable goals. She instructs using the acronym PERFECT: Postmortem your past; Evaluate your expectations; Reinforce new roads; Fail forward; Eliminate extremes; Create, don't compare; and Transcend. In each category she provides insights, case studies, and worksheets to help readers draw up and practice realistic expectations in order to achieve fulfilled and empowered lives. VERDICT A solid starting point for those who suffer from perfectionist tendencies. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Do You Strive to Be Perfect?
What Is Perfectionism?p. 15
Are You a Perfectionist?p. 33
The Price and Profits of Perfectionismp. 39
Fear Versus Passionp. 65
Part 2 7 Strategies to Get Out of Your Own Way
P: Postmortem Your Pastp. 97
E: Evaluate Your Expectationsp. 125
R: Reinforce New Roadsp. 165
F: Fail Forwardp. 199
E: Eliminate Extremesp. 245
C: Create, Don't Comparep. 283
T: Transcendp. 319
Epilogue: Better Than Perfectp. 355