When Perfect Isn`t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism

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Published USA, 2009 (2nd edition)
These two mental health practitioners and clinical scientists have put together a thorough and systematic book tackling an issue that is often the butt of many jokes. A thorough assessment process isolates the personality traits that are 'high beyond reach or reason'. Cognitive behavioural strategies are suggested that can have a dramatic effect on the tendency to engage in perfectionist behaviours. If these fail, the authors advocate exposure techniques, response prevention and communication training as alternatives. The final section considers perfectionist thoughts and behaviours that are associated with specific psychological problems such as depression, anger, social anxiety, worry, obsessive compulsive behaviour, and dieting and body image. This book is complemented by self-assessment exercises that provide the reader with the tools to put words into action.

Martin Antony is Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Richard Swinson is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
Paperback. 291 pages
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