Perfectionism: What's Bad about Being Too Good?

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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 ...
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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.

Discusses the dangers of being a perfectionist, with tips for easing up on oneself, gaining control over life, and getting professional help.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780915793075
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1987
  • Series: Self-Help for Kids Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Adderoldt did an excellent job of explaining her tips for perfec

    Adderoldt did an excellent job of explaining her tips for perfectionism in this book. Her ironic front cover is somewhat contradictory of her statements. There are extremely useful tips on time and stress management which is addressed in the chapter “Procrastination” She explains the pitfalls of this monster by saying “How can you possibly do a perfect job if you simply don’t have enough time to do it?”
    She mentions how this biggest contributor is how you view yourself by asking “Who are you?” Puzzlingly this book has helped me with this issue and I will continue to work on this skill.

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