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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845297423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845297428
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new title from the Overcoming series using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

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ROZ SHAFRAN has worked at Oxford on the treatment of eating disorders using CBT. She also works as the Charlie Waller Chair in CBT at the University of Reading. She is the author of Cognitive Behavioural Processes Across Psychological Disorders: A Transdiagnostic Approach to Research and Treatment (OUP).

DR SARAH EGAN is Director of the Clinical Psychology programme at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and is also the Australian representative of the American Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT) international associates committee. She also continues to work as a clinical psychologist in private practice.

Professor TRACEY WADE teaches at the School of Psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She is also Course Director of the university's Clinical Postgraduate training programmes and has worked as a clinician treating eating disorders for the past twenty years.


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Sept. 2012
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This is a comprehensive and insightful book about defeating perfectionism. It covers a lot a stuff like procrastination, negative thinking, indecision etc. and it has A LOT of self-help exercises. It has too many self-help exercises because, as the book makes clear, people with perfectionism feel overwhelmed by life as it is. To give them a whole bunch of extra stuff to do is not going to be helpful. The exercises need to be made more concise so that there are fewer of them. Also, it needs to say, prominently, at the front of the book, that there are blank exercise sheets in the back of the book so that you don't (as I did) spend days typing out the sheets so you can fill them in. The writing is a little repetitive and tends slightly to address the reader as if the reader was somewhat cognitively lacking, something I find irritating. However, There is no doubt that the book is a genuine help for people who suffer this affliction. It can also impact on other problems such as depression and anxiety. I'm still ploughing through it but I'm pretty sure that by the time I finish all the exercises it will have improved my life immeasurably.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2012
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This book contains some deep insights into how perfectionists think and why they behave the way they do. It then goes on to provide a variety of exercises one can do in order to change one's way of thinking. The only downside, as with all self-help books, is that you need self-discipline to stick with the exercises.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 26 Feb. 2015
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Undergoing treatment this book has provided a very useful understanding of a behaviour that caused untold problems although not past it altogether a different outlook means a happy looking future
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Taylor on 30 Dec. 2010
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This is a very practical book. It highlights the characterisitics of perfectionism and then suggests ways of dealing with them and overcoming them. A very helpful book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elise on 8 Nov. 2012
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This book is an excellent summary of the causes of perfectionism and explains what keeps it going and how to overcome it. I thoroughly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Riggs on 24 Jan. 2012
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As a clinician this book provided me with a good model and guidelines for intervention - I think it helped me with my high standards too, so recommend it as a self-help book as well.
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By Donna on 10 April 2013
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A very good book to identify traits common to over perfectionists, helpful to someone who knows a perfectionist. Suggests a number of ideas that may help to change your thinking.
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