Perfectionism: what's bad about being too good?

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Free Spirit Pub., 1987 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 129 pages
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Perfectionism is a problem for many teenagers today. Here’s help for Superkids, workaholics, type A’s, straight A’s, procrastinators, overachievers—and caring adults.

This thought-provoking, encouraging book explains the differences between healthy ambition and unhealthy perfectionism and gives strategies for getting out of the perfectionism trap—from recognizing the symptoms to rewarding yourself for who you are, not what you do.

It explains why some people become perfectionists, what perfectionism does to the mind and body, why girls are especially prone to perfectionism, and more. It also gives adults insight into how their behavior and expectations can contribute to perfectionism in teens they parent and teach.

The revised and updated edition of a Free Spirit classic includes new research and statistics on the causes and consequences of perfectionism, biographical sketches of famous perfectionists and risk takers, and resources for readers who want to know more.

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Review: Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good?

User Review  - Natalie Cruz - Goodreads

This is a great read for high achieving middle and high school teens as well as their parents and educators. Some of the tips are great and could be useful for teens as well as adults. Also love the lists of resources throughout the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

Love this book. I am a perfectionist and could identify with this book. A must read for students who will become "me". I'm not as bad as I thought I was (as a perfectionist) but I do have some work to do. Read full review


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About the author (1987)

Miriam Adderholdt, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. She has taught gifted students in grades K–9.

Jan Goldberg is a professional writer and credentialed teacher from Glenview, Illinois. She has authored 55 books and more than 800 articles on education and career development. The mother of three daughters with varying degrees of perfectionism, Jan also conducts writing workshops for aspiring teen authors.

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