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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Touchstone ed edition (22 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068486293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684862934
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathi Hanauer "Mademoiselle" The book worked like a year of shrink sessions.

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Monica Ramirez Basco, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, researcher, teacher, author, and lecturer. She is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She has given dozens of invited addresses and workshops throughout North and South America and Europe and is the author of a book about cognitive behavioral therapy for bipolar disorder. Dr. Basco lives in Dallas, Texas.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa on 22 Dec. 2014
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Very easy to understand and life changing in my case
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Scott on 13 April 2010
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Really good. Helped me realise how much of a perfectionist I am and helped/is still helping me deal with it which has led to a lot less pain and stress. BUY IT
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By Fiona on 5 April 2015
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Apologies for the extremely late review.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fran S on 13 April 2011
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I cannot give a fair review since I don't believe I am a perfectionist! :-D None of the examples applied to me. It is written in typical "easy-to-read" American style - full of case histories which take the reader through step-by-step the various ways of addressing and overcoming. If the diagnosis did apply to me I would have found this read very useful.
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Not as impressed as other reviewers 10 Jan. 2005
By Paul L - Published on Amazon.com
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While it might have a catchy title, I don't think this book is intended for those who already know themselves to be perfectionists. Basco spends most of the text examining scenarios faced by four fictitious perfectionists. I didn't find this to be of any value because I know what perfectionists do and I'm perfectly (ha!) aware of the problems they face every day - I am one and that's why I bought the book in the first place!

Basco's overly-simplistic approach on how to deal with the problems this personality trait creates is clearly from someone who doesn't have a serious problem with the issue herself. It is surprising to me that she has 'treated' as many perfectionists as she claims. It surprises me because she merely scrapes the surface of the problems that perfectionism brings about, and to be quite frank she doesn't show herself to have as good of a handle on this topic as someone writing a book about it should. Did Basco do any real research on this prior to writing the book? Where's the bibliography? While sources are readily available, this book seems to be based on the author's conclusions alone.

If you don't know whether or not you're a perfectionist and you want to find out, then this might be the book for you. And if you're a student of psychology and you want to be able to identify perfectionism when you see it, this book might be of some value. I gave the book three stars because I think it might be somewhat useful under either of those two circumstances. However, if you already know you have a serious problem with perfectionism (as I do) and you're looking for real-world solutions, I think you will probably come away very disappointed with this book. Had I been judging this book for the latter quality alone I would have granted it a single star.

The same day I picked this book up I was fortunate to happen upon a book titled "Overcoming Procrastination" by Neil A. Fiore (ISBN 1-56731-556-9). You may find it under the title "The Now Habit", the name it went by prior to reprinting. Those suffering from serious problems with perfectionism also typically confront issues with procrastination. "Overcoming Procrastination" also deals with perfectionism directly and proposes a workable approach towards getting an upper-hand on it. While the last two or three chapters border on silly, the tools the rest of the book provides makes it very much worth reading. I have used them myself and they have helped me considerably.

In summary, to the true perfectionist I highly recommend passing over "Never Good Enough" and heading straight for "Overcoming Procrastination". Good luck!
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Making friends with your own perfectionism! 2 Aug. 2001
By Ta-Wei Wang - Published on Amazon.com
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There are dozens of books on perfectionism, but I think this one is the best. Research psychologists Hewitt & Flett (1991) have shown that perfectionism is not always liked with neurotism, instead there are three different types: self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially prescribed perfectionism. Dr. Basco catches up this latest trend and translates it into the readable language for lay persons, without losing scientific facts. The first chapter offers a wonderful self-diagnosing test. The second chapter compares the advantages and disadvantages of perfectionism. I think this is especially valuable. Traditional books on this topics use very strong words like ¡§Beat your perfectionism,¡¨ or ¡§Fight your perfectionism¡¨¡Ketc. Sometimes it feels even more depressed to learn that the part of yourself is so bad. Dr. Basco uses a more peaceful way to help you make friends with this part of yourself. Perfectionists are no longer blamed for themselves! The remaining chapters are some step-by-step guidelines to change the inner thoughts that lead to maladjusting perfectionism, which are mainly based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). At the professional level, being a mental health counselor, I wish I could find more about the etiology and origins of perfectionism, and the psychodynamic approach to treat this issue in this book. (Am I too perfectionistic??) But at the personal level, I gain a lot of insight about my own perfectionism and its effect on my work and relationships. That's why I give this book five stars!!
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Very Useful 24 Sept. 2001
By Ms Diva - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. It helps the reader determine if they are a perfectionist, how this impacts their lives negatively, in what areas perfectionism is a problem, and gives ways to cope with perfectionism. The techniques to manage perfectionism are based on sound psychological theory. The author has a clear writing style and she uses alot of good quality illustrative examples. She makes the more theoretical material come alive and simplifies it without insulting the intelligence of the reader.
Some of the activities can be time consuming, but they are well worth it. In fact, the book will really not be as valuable if the reader is not willing to put the time and effort in to doing at least some of these activities. The book also contains ideas to help people who do not consider themselves perfectionists cope with the people in their lives who are perfectionistic. Well worth reading!!
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For those who are fed up with pressure of being perfect 9 Feb. 2014
By Messy Miracles - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my favorite books. Read it 10+ years ago and it really helped me to reconsider how I approached my work as well as other people. The exercises get you to dig into real situations and, if you do,them, you will experience a real shift. Afraid I would be compromising my values of doing good work and being responsible, I learned that I don't have to sacrifice quality if I relax and adjust my expectations. This Is the best book I've read on the topic.
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Perfectionism - Carol of Goffstown,NH 18 Jun. 2013
By Carol Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
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Did not know what it was all about until I started reading this book. But I will tell you if you strive to do things perfectly all the time, this is one book for you I got a tremendous amount out of this book. It is absolutely wonderful I highly recommend this book to all.
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