The Perfectionist’s Handbook: Take Risks, Invite Criticism, and Make the Most of Your Mistakes
By Jeff Szymanski, PhD ~ Is perfectionism a good thing or does it get in our way? The author helps readers navigate their way out of the “perfectionism paradox”: if your intentions are good (wanting to excel) and the outcomes you want are reasonable (to feel competent and satisfied), why would perfectionism backfire and result in unhappiness and stress? Learn when perfectionism will pay off, and when and why it sabotages you. Specific strategies are outlined throughout the book to help readers transform their perfectionism from a liability to an asset.
NOMINATED by: – Diana E. Damer, PhD, IOCDF Professional Member
At the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin, we use cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches with an emphasis on exposure-based interventions. We often use perfectionism as a conceptual model for treating OCD and related issues such as worry, social anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues, and anger. In “The Perfectionist’s Handbook”, Dr. Szymanski brilliantly captures the complexities of perfectionism. He provides numerous examples, including humorous and poignant insights from his own life, and outlines practical strategies for modifying unhealthy perfectionism. – Diana E. Damer, PhD, Director, Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin