Summary of Roz Shafran, Sarah Egan & Tracey Wade's Overcoming Perfectionism 2nd Edition

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book.

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#1 Perfectionism is a term that is used commonly in everyday life. It is defined as the pursuit of excellence and perfection, and it can be present in every aspect of life. Someone may be a perfectionist in just one part of their life, for example work, but it is more common to have perfectionism across many areas of life.

#2 Perfectionism is the continual striving to achieve high standards that a person has set for themselves, despite negative consequences. It involves self-criticism when the person thinks they have not met one of their standards.

#3 There are three main parts to perfectionism: demanding standards and self-criticism, striving to meet demanding standards despite negative effects, and basing self-evaluation on achieving high standards.

#4 If you have unhelpful perfectionism, you will tend to judge your self-worth on what you do, not who you are. Rather than viewing your idea of yourself in a balanced way, you believe that you are only a good enough person if you are achieving an excellent standard in the important areas of life.