Perfectionism

Mental Health @ Home book review: The Anxious Perfectionist

Book Review: The Anxious Perfectionist

The Anxious Perfectionist by Clarissa W. Ong and Michael P. Twohig uses an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approach to help readers who struggle with perfectionism. I’m a big fan of ACT, and I think it makes a great approach for perfectionism. The book begins by exploring what perfectionism is, including the differences between adaptive …

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Does being organized make life easier or create more work - some things to consider

Does Being Organized Make Life Easier or Create More Work?

There are plenty of people on social media and other online spaces who are talking about their apparently perfect, blissful, über-organized routines that other people should be living up to if they’re to have any hope of being happy. I’ve always been organized, and now it’s something rely on to compensate for some of the …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism

Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism

The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism by Jennifer Kemp aims to boost self-compassion and improve psychological flexibility using acceptance and commitment therapy. The author is a therapist who has dealt with perfectionism herself, and she incorporates her own experiences to provide examples of the concepts being covered. She had tried cognitive behavioural therapy and didn’t find …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is obsessive compulsive personality disorder. When people say that someone is “a little OCD,” chances are, what they’re referring to has little, if anything, to do with obsessive compulsive disorder. What they’re talking about is far more like …

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The problem with perfect is that it doesn't exist

The Problem With Perfect… Is That It Doesn’t Exist

Being perfect is an ideal that some people may strive for or feel that they are required to attain, but how realistic is the notion of perfection? One of the biggest problems with perfect is that a lot of things in this world are subjective. When it comes to things that are subjective, everyone has …

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When you fail, are you a failure at a task? Or as a person?

When You Fail, Are You a Failure at a Task? Or as a Person?

Failure isn’t fun. There’s just no two ways about that. But what does that failure mean> I think that, particularly when mental illness is involved, it’s easy to leap from “I failed at [X]” to “I’m a failure.” But taking a step back, they’re not really the same thing. Fear of failure Fear of failure …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Imposter Syndrome

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is imposter syndrome. I’ve seen a number of people write about this topic lately, so I thought I’d join in. The term imposter syndrome was first used in a 1978 paper in the journal Psychotherapy Theory, Research, and Practice. The …

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MH@H book review: The Gifts of Imperfection

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection is the third book that I’ve read by Brené Brown. I was not disappointed. This book offers a set of guideposts toward Wholehearted living, which involves “engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness.” The guideposts include cultivating self-compassion, cultivating a resilient spirit, cultivating calm and stillness, and finding meaningful …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Perfectionism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week’s term is perfectionism. Perfectionism is “a set of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors aimed at reaching excessively high unrealistic goals” according to Brown University’s Counseling and Psychological Services.  It tends to be learned through messages early in life that value …

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