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What to Do When Good Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: a Guide for Kids Paperback – 1 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Inc.,U.S. (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575422344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575422343
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 0.7 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he counsels families, couples, children, adolescents, and adults. He earned a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1968. Tom lectures and writes on a variety of topics, including the emotional needs of gifted children and adults. He is a member of several professional organizations and has authored dozens of articles about perfectionism, the self-experience of gifted individuals, and couples' and family relations. Tom is married to Barbara C. Greenspon, M.A., his partner in private practice. They are former copresidents of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and served on the Minnesota State Advisory Committee for Gifted. Tom is the recipient of the 1998 MCGT Award for Distinguished Service to Gifted Individuals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Excellent for working with young people and teenagers, easy read for everyone. I have shared this book with other colleagues
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2.0 out of 5 stars I guess I will be the voice of dissent 3 Jan. 2014
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We have a copy of the book from this series on worry & anxiety and really like it, so I had high hopes for this book. It is well written and a fun & easy read, but it went off a cliff for me when it got to the chapter about where perfectionism originates. In a nutshell the author states that your parents made you this way by harping on your imperfections & ignoring your achievements. As someone with perfectionist tendencies myself and who is a mother to a perfectionist/gifted child, I understand how deeply perfectionist kids feel the tiniest criticism. I think most parents who have half a clue know that your child is born with a temperament and you do the best you can to help them be prepared to face the world with the temperament they have. Telling young kids there parents screwed them up is not helpful. Needless to say I will not be passing this book onto my middle-schooler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful, practical, down-to-earth guide 10 Jun. 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by licensed psychologist and family & marriage therapist Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D., What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism is a guide written especially for young people, preteens and teenagers about what perfectionism is and learning how to deal with it. What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough emphasizes that perfectionism isn't just wanting to do well - it's an obsessive fear of performing less-than-perfect in any way, and is always harmful. Perfectionism can and often does interfere with the necessary hard work and learning process involved in undertaking any task; for example, a perfectionist might obsessively worry about a book report so much that he or she turns it in late (or not at all!) because too much time was wasted trying to write it perfectly. A thoughtful, practical, down-to-earth guide, enthusiastically recommended for grade and high school library shelves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 14 May 2010
By Faramir - Published on Amazon.com
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People always assume perfectionism is a good thing but taken to the extreme, it can be paralyzing. I like to have children's books that deal with emotional issues available for my kids to pick up on our home book shelf. When we first got this book, I read it with them and we used it to initiate conversations on the topic. For one thing, it helped my kids get perspective on their feelings. But I've seen them pick this book up to read on their own, even after we went through it. Even if my kids don't feel like talking to me- they can still get good advice on how to deal with their feelings. We have a good relationship, but I think all kids get tired of hearing advice from their parents. Some times when I try to talk to them about serious issues, it probably feels like a lecture. Books are less threatening. I have a few in this series and they are all good.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much excellence in such a little package 9 Jun. 2010
By Paulo C. Rios Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This entertaining, very well designed and printed little book is a piece of art. Its message is powerful yet so fun to read. One could hardly ask for more. It is both insightful and enlightening.

Perfectionism is an insidious thing that can take so much from us, not only many lost opportunities but also the pleasure to live life to its fullest. Starting with the identification of the problem, the author explores its manifestations and how one can deal with them in a pragmatic way. All in a very readable language where the main points are never lost. The graphics also provide many visual clues.

Both adults and teenagers can benefit from this book. Teenagers will have the unique opportunity to discover a problem when its solution is most readily available. Adults may be surprised to want to keep their own copy of this book. Yet you could simply not expect less. It is an outstanding book in content, form and delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted kids and parents 18 Feb. 2013
By Linda Z. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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So many gifted children are perfectionist this needs to be addressed by parents and their kids. This book can be read by parent and child together, or individually depending upon the age. I generally buy several of these each year and pass them out to my parents.
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