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The perfectionism workbook : proven strategies to end procrastination, accept yourself, and achieve your goals / Taylor Newendorp.
Publication Information:
Emeryville, CA : Althea Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
xii, 207 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.


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The Perfectionism Workbook offers actionable exercises to help you overcome the barriers created by perfectionism and develop skills for living a healthier, more gratifying life.

The desire to continuously improve can be a positive trait that fuels success. However, those same aspirations can also turn into perfectionism, which causes us to put unrealistic pressure on ourselves and set impossible standards that negatively influence how we think and act.

In his work as a clinical therapist, Taylor Newendorp has successfully used cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help countless patients who live with the immense pressure of perfectionism and other related issues such as OCD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, or depression. In The Perfectionism Workbook, Taylor delivers practical, effective exercises to help you change the way you view yourself, set healthy goals, and find contentment in your daily life.

The Perfectionism Workbook is a hands-on guide especially designed to identify and resolve the root causes of perfectionism. It these pages you will find:

A perfectionism overview that will help you understand the illusion of perfectionism, why it doesn't work, and what you can do to treat your perfectionism. The 5 tendencies of toxic perfectionism: Need for approval and pleasing others; Procrastination, inaction, and paralysis; Fear of making mistakes; Highly self-critical; Judgment of self and others. Practical strategies based on the principles of CBT, mindfulness, and acceptance that will help you quiet your critical inner voice, conquer procrastination, and develop true self-worth. Real-world examples of perfectionism that will provide meaningful opportunity for insight and reflection into your own perfectionism.

Perfectionism can have serious consequences, both mentally and physically. But there is a solution--and it can be found in the pages The Perfectionism Workbook.

Author Notes

Taylor Newendorp, MA, LCPC, is the founder and president of Chicago Counseling Center P.C.-a clinical counseling practice that specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), perfectionism, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three sons.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Perfect Problemp. ix
Part 1 The Myth of Perfectionp. 1
1 Understanding Perfectionismp. 2
2 Treating Perfectionismp. 23
Part 2 Toxic Perfectionism: The Five Tendenciesp. 59
3 The Need for Approval and Pleasing Othersp. 61
4 Procrastination, Inaction, and Paralysisp. 79
5 The Upside of Making Mistakesp. 99
6 Highly Criticalp. 121
7 Fear of Judgmentp. 142
Part 3 Healing the Roots of Perfectionism: Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassionp. 159
8 What Are You Really Afraid Of?p. 160
9 Being Enough and Achieving Goals Without Fearp. 176
Resourcesp. 199
Referencesp. 200
Indexp. 203