Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control

Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control

by Pavel G Somov PhD


$16.78 $17.95 Save 7% Current price is $16.78, Original price is $17.95. You Save 7%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, February 27
22 New & Used Starting at $5.29


A revolutionary approach to overcoming perfectionism! A recent, randomized study—published by Mindfulness Journal—shows that Present Perfect is effective as a standalone intervention. The study found that those who had read the book experienced a statistically significant reduction of self-criticalness, a result that was still maintained at a six weeks follow-up (Wimberley, Mintz, & Suh, Mindfulness, Nov. 2015).
While there's no doubt that setting high standards for yourself is a good thing, you've probably already noticed that perfectionism can come at a high price. And when you take steps to try to change, it's easy to be too hard on yourself and fall into the same traps that keep you feeling stressed and disappointed. This book presents a revolutionary approach to overcoming perfectionisma way to transform your need for precision into self-acceptance, compassion, and love for each perfectly imperfect passing moment in our lives.
In Present Perfect, you'll use the Buddhist psychology of mindfulness to learn to accept the present moment in all of its ordinary perfection. This book is filled with over 150 exercises and meditations that you can practice to become more flexible toward yourself and others without losing your love of a job well done. With this compassionate approach, you'll soon be able not only to accept life as it is, but also become more accepting and forgiving of yourself and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572247567
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/03/2010
Series: Unassigned Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 518,717
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Pavel Somov, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. After serving in the Soviet military and completing his undergraduate degree at Moscow State Pedagogical University, he immigrated to the United States to pursue a career in psychology. He received his doctorate from State University of New York at Buffalo. Somov is author of Eating the Moment, Present Perfect, and the upcoming Smoke Break and The Lotus Effect.

Table of Contents

introduction 1

part 1 introduction to perfectionism in general and to your perfectionism in particular

Chapter 1 360? of perfectionism 5

Part 2 perfectly imperfect, completely incomplete, and just so

Chapter 2 broadening the meaning of perfection 25

Chapter 3 perfectly imperfect: from dualities and dichotomies to suchness 39

Chapter 4 completely incomplete: a process view of perfection 49

Part 3 overcoming mindlessness, guilt, shame, and motivational apathy

Chapter 5 the rehabilitation of conscious choice 61

Chapter 6 finding perfection in a mistake 73

Chapter 7 from guilt to regret: rediscovering motivational innocence 81

Chapter 8 from resentment and reluctance to renewed enthusiasm 91

Part 4 rehabilitation of your self-view

Chapter 9 from self-esteem to self-acceptance 101

Chapter 10 breaking away from the mirror: dis-identification and re-identification 111

Part 5 time, performance, and uncertaint

Chapter 11 from here to here: developing a healthy relationship with time 121

Chapter 12 from outcome to process: in search of perfect performance 137

Chapter 13 embracing the uncertainty of the future 153

Chapter 14 beyond certainty: cultivating the don't-know mind 163

Part 6 coexistence, compassion, connection

Chapter 15 from social vacuum to compassionate coexistence 173

references 189

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews