This podcast is the narrated version of my article Treating Perfectionism: 3 Therapy Strategies.
Sandy’s militant perfectionism had left her isolated and lonely. Here’s how I helped her change her thinking style.
In this episode I talk about:
- It’s lonely being perfect, especially when you’re not
- What’s wrong with having high standards?
- The tyranny of perfectionism
- Describe the pattern
- Encourage a wider context
- Encourage downtime
Or watch this episode of the podcast on video below:
- Hewitt, P.L., Flett, G.L., Ediger, E. (1995). Perfectionism Traits and Perfectionistic Self-Presentation in Eating Disorder Attitudes, Characteristics, and Symptoms. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 18(4). 317-326. DOI: 10.1.1.458.8328.
- Sutandar-Pinnock, K., Woodside, D.B., Carter, J.C., Olmsted, M.P., and Kaplan, A.S. (2003). Perfectionism in Anorexia Nervosa: A 6-24-month follow-up study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 33(2). 225-229. DOI: 10.1002/eat.10127.
- See: Seligman, M. (2006). Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life.
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