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Perfectionism: What's Bad about Being Too Good? [microform] : Revised and Updated Edition / Miriam Adderholdt and Jan Goldberg
Bib ID 5670500
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Adderholdt, Miriam
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1999 
139 p. 
ISBN 9781575420622

Perfectionist tendencies seem to exist on a continuum, ranging from healthy to dysfunctional behavior. Gifted students, in particular, struggle with perfectionism. This book discusses how to strike a balance between three main areas of life: (1) work and school; (2) play and hobbies; and (3) family and social relationships. Geared towards adolescents, it explains why it is important to learn to give yourself a break, learn how to be pleased with who you are, and learn how to enjoy the healthy pursuit of excellence. Chapter 1 discusses the role of birth order, pressures to achieve, and media messages. Chapter 2 deals with problems in connecting one's identity to perfectionism, describes typical thinking patterns of perfectionists, and discusses procrastination. Chapter 3 addresses physical problems associated with perfectionism, including the overuse of caffeine and eating disorders. Chapter 4 discusses special relationship problems, including being too critical of others, looking for the "perfect" partner, and over-committing oneself. Chapter 5 presents suggestions for dealing with the pressures felt by perfectionists, including learning to fail, learning to laugh, and having fun with exercise. Chapter 6 concerns gender differences in how perfectionism is manifested. Chapter 7 contains suggestions for completing large projects, setting reasonable standards, planning positive alternative paths, and improving self-knowledge. Chapter 8 discusses ways to relax. Chapter 9 suggests a strategy for enhancing communication with parents and other adults. Chapter 10 delineates signs of depression or potential suicide and provides resources for obtaining help. (Each chapter contains print and Web site resources; it contains 49 references overall.) (JDM)


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ERIC Note: Edited by Caryn Pernu. Illustrated by Carolina Price Schwert.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adolescents.  |  Coping.  |  Eating Disorders.  |  Family Relationship.  |  Individual Development.  |  Peer Relationship.  |  Self Evaluation (Individuals)  |  Stress Management.  |  Stress Variables.  |  Student Adjustment.  |  Youth Problems.  |  Perfectionism  |  Procrastination
Form/genre Books.  |  Guides, Non-Classroom.
Other authors/contributors Goldberg, Jan, author
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