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

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A guide for getting your perfectionism to work for you

Is perfectionism a good thing or does it get in our way? InThe Perfectionist's Handbook, clinical psychologist JeffSzymanski helps readers navigate their way out of the"perfectionism paradox": if your intentions are good (wanting toexcel) and the outcomes you want are reasonable (to feel competentand satisfied), why would perfectionism backfire and result inunhappiness and stress? Learn when perfectionism will pay off, andwhen and why it sabotages you. Specific strategies are outlinedthroughout the book to help readers transform their perfectionismfrom a liability to an asset.

There is no reason to eliminate perfectionismaltogether—instead, build on what's working and change what'snot. The Perfectionist's Handbook helps readers to:

  • Distinguish between intention and strategy as a way ofimproving outcomes
  • Identify diminishing returns and how to redistribute time andresources
  • Make the most of mistakes rather than being preoccupied withtrying to avoid them
  • Learn to focus on your "Top 10" list as a way of getting themost out of your life
  • Access others more effectively as a way of improvingperformance
  • Obtain more balance in their lives

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"You're such a perfectionist." Are you supposed to feelinsulted or flattered when you hear this comment? Is someone sayingthat you are detail oriented, organized, and driven to excel? Orthat you are controlling, rigid, and self-defeating? Is yourperfectionism a good thing, or does it get in your way?

In The Perfectionist's Handbook, Jeff Szymanski helpsreaders navigate their way out of the "perfectionism paradox": Ifyour intentions are good (wanting to excel) and the outcomes youwant are reasonable (to feel competent and satisfied), why wouldyour perfectionism backfire and result in unhappiness, stress, andunwanted results? Many people consider their perfectionism to beone of their most valuable attributes and critical to success inachieving one's life goals. Advice aimed at trying to stop you frombeing a perfectionist doesn't ring true.

Jeff Szymanski, a clinical psychologist specializing in anxietyand obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), helps readers understandwhen their perfectionism will pay off, and when and why itsabotages you. Specific strategies are outlined throughout the bookto help readers identify the difference between their "healthy" and"unhealthy" perfectionism. There is no reason to eliminateperfectionism altogether—rather, build on what is working andchange what is not. In addition, The Perfectionist'sHandbook helps readers to:

  • Distinguish between intention and strategy as a way of improvingoutcomes

  • Identify diminishing returns and ways to redistribute time andresources

  • Make the most of mistakes rather than being preoccupied withtrying to avoid them

  • Learn to focus on your "Top 10" list as a way of getting themost out of your life

  • Interact with others more effectively as a way of improvingperformance

  • Establish more balance in your life

Transform your perfectionism from a liability to an asset. Letyour instincts lead you to achieve your goals—but also learnto enjoy your journey and its rewards.

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"Dr. Szymanski offers the reader both research-supported anduser-friendly techniques that can enhance productivity withoutcompromising the pursuit of excellence. The Perfectionist'sHandbook is an obvious example of how the author practices whathe preaches."
PHILIP G. LEVENDUSKY, PhD, Associate Professor ofPsychology, Harvard Medical School; Director of the PsychologyDepartment and Psychology Training and Senior Vice President forBusiness Development and Marketing, McLean Hospital

"The Perfectionist's Handbook is the perfect book forthose who struggle with perfectionism. Dr. Szymanski begins byclearly outlining the features of perfectionism then describes thevarious ways to manage tendencies that get in the way of aperfectionist's life. After reading this book, readers will havenew ways of managing their perfectionism in order to get taskscompleted."
MICHAEL A. JENIKE, MD, Professor of Psychiatry,Harvard Medical School; Medical Director, OCD Institute, McLeanHospital

"This handbook weaves a self-described perfectionist's personalstory with insights from clinical experience. It is the 'perfect'formula for education and action."
PAUL HAMMERNESS, MD, Assistant Professor inPsychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Organize YourMind, Organize Your Life

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

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