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The Perfectionist's Handbook. Take Risks, Invite Criticism, and Make the Most of Your Mistakes

  • ID: 2017809
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for The Perfectionist′s Handbook

"Dr. Szymanski offers the reader both research–supported and user–friendly techniques that can enhance productivity without compromising the pursuit of excellence. The Perfectionist′s Handbook is an obvious example of how the author practices what he preaches."
PHILIP G. LEVENDUSKY, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School; Director of the Psychology Department and Psychology Training and Senior Vice President for Business Development and Marketing, McLean Hospital

"The Perfectionist′s Handbook is the perfect book for those who struggle with perfectionism. Dr. Szymanski begins by clearly outlining the features of perfectionism then describes the various ways to manage tendencies that get in the way of a perfectionist′s life. After reading this book, readers will have new ways of managing their perfectionism in order to get tasks completed."
MICHAEL A. JENIKE, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Medical Director, OCD Institute, McLean Hospital

"This handbook weaves a self–described perfectionist′s personal story with insights from clinical experience. It is the ′perfect′ formula for education and action."
PAUL HAMMERNESS, MD, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life

"Jeff Szymanski helps readers determine when ′good′ is good enough. Whatever your area of effort, you will be more creative and productive by learning the art of Adaptive Perfectionism!"
SHELLEY CARSON, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University;author of Your Creative Brain

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Acknowledgments viii

Introduction x

PART I Understanding Your Perfectionism 1

Chapter 1 Definitions and Types of Perfectionism 3

Chapter 2 Building Your Perfectionism Profile 13

Chapter 3 Insight Doesn t Always Lead to Change 31

PART II Maximizing Healthy Perfectionism 53

Chapter 4 Wanting Things to Be Perfect May Not Be the Problem 55

Chapter 5 The Lesson of Diminishing Returns: Learn to Analyze Your Effort 71

Chapter 6 Translating Mistakes into Strategic Experimentation 87

Chapter 7 An Unexamined Life: Focus on Your Top 10 List 105

Chapter 8 Even Jesus Needed Disciples: The Value of Others 125

Chapter 9 All Work and No Play: Why It′s Important to Refuel and Refresh 147

Chapter 10 Putting It All Together 169

Bibliography 185

Index 191

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