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Overcoming Perfectionism: The Key to a Balanced Recovery

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Perfectionism can be an obstacle to quality living, even when it appears to produce significant rewards. For those struggling with issues of intimacy, control, letting go, relaxing and enjoying life, this book offers practical guidance about "living in the middle."
Published August 1st 1990 by HCI
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Kalem Wright
May 05, 2015 Kalem Wright rated it it was amazing
“Overcoming Perfectionsim” aims to describe behaviorally and psychologically what perfectionism is like, how it is impacted by attachment patterns in early life experiences, and how it can be brought to heel. Smith educates readers on distinguishing between overt and covert perfectionists and their own interactions with others through her experience serving adult children of alcoholics.

Smith’s wisdom resonated with me as I connected with myself while reading her words; I recognized patterns with
Nov 16, 2011 Audra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realized I'm more passive-aggressive than I realized.
May 19, 2010 Nita rated it liked it
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This book was recommended by a writer on Holly Lisle's How To Think Sideways forums for dealing with perfectionistic thinking that creates an obstacle to writing. So, I was a bit surprised that the book is actually about codependency and recovery from the kind of mental and emotional addiction that results from growing up in a dysfunctional family. Smith posits that perfectionism (whether overt or covert) has codependence at its roots. Because I've read tons and tons and tons and tons of litera ...more
Sharon Tan
Aug 03, 2015 Sharon Tan rated it did not like it
Though authentically written, the book constitutes what I find is common sensical content, without any particular noteworthy takeaway. An easily forgettable read.
Katy Dailey
Mar 27, 2015 Katy Dailey rated it really liked it
This was one of those reads where I kept finding bits and pieces of myself in the pages and was so happy to realize that I'm not alone.
Nov 03, 2010 Bree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting look at Perfectionism, with a heavy emphasis on its roots in co-dependency and abuse. A useful read even if just for the parenting chapter and the undesirable outcomes of perfectionism.
Feb 13, 2012 Sandra rated it it was ok
This book was a little too "textbook" for me. I wanted more real life strategies and less of the textbook diagnosis of codependency.

Oct 17, 2010 Lynda rated it liked it
Perfectionism is perhaps the hardest part of addiction to face and accept.
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