Perfectionism: What's Bad about Being Too Good?

Perfectionism: What's Bad about Being Too Good?

by Miriam Adderholdt-Elliott
     
 
With help for Superkids, workaholics, type A's, straight A's, procrastinators, overachievers, and caring adults, this book explains the differences between healthy ambition and unhealthy perfectionism and gives straight strategies for getting out of the perfectionist trap--from recognizing the symptoms to rewarding yourself for who you are, not what you do. It

Overview

With help for Superkids, workaholics, type A's, straight A's, procrastinators, overachievers, and caring adults, this book explains the differences between healthy ambition and unhealthy perfectionism and gives straight strategies for getting out of the perfectionist trap--from recognizing the symptoms to rewarding yourself for who you are, not what you do. It explains why some people become perfectionists, what perfectionism does to the mind and body, why girls are especially prone to it, and more. Illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

ALAN Review
There's nothing wrong with wanting to succeed, but that desire can sometimes turn into an unhealthy obsession. This book examines how teens can fall easily into the trap of perfectionism. The authors address several issues: how and why people become perfectionists; how perfectionism can adversely affect one's mental and physical health; and how perfectionism can harm relationships with peers, parents and siblings. There is also a lot of sound, practical advice to help perfectionist teens. The authors offer good tips like how to set reasonable standards for oneself, how to enjoy success, and how to praise oneself and accept it from others. Written in straightforward, jargon-free prose and in a conversational, engaging tone, the authors are obviously cognizant of their audience. The layout of their book is attractive, with lists, sidebars, and occasional black-and-white illustrations serving as a good complement to the lively text. Following each chapter, the authors recommend books and web sites for readers interested in further researching the subject. Perfectionism is a thorough, useful self-help book for teens. Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help. 1999, Free Spirit Press, Ages 12 up, $12.95. Reviewer: Ed Sullivan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780915793075
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1987
Series:
Self-Help for Kids Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Miriam Adderholdt, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. She has taught gifted students in grades K–9.

Jan Goldberg is a professional writer and credentialed teacher from Glenview, Illinois. She has authored 55 books and more than 800 articles on education and career development. The mother of three daughters with varying degrees of perfectionism, Jan also conducts writing workshops for aspiring teen authors.

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