Overcoming Perfectionism: a self-help guide using scientifically supported cognitive behavioural techniques

Roz Shafran, Sarah Egan, Tracey Wade

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How to break the circle of 'never good enough'.

Striving for something can be a healthy and positive attribute; it's good to aim high. But sometimes whatever we do just isn't good enough; we want to be too perfect and start setting unrealistic goals.

Such high levels of perfectionism, often driven by low self-esteem, can turn against success and develop into unhealthy obsession, triggering serious mental-health problems, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), on which this self-help book is based, has been found to be a highly effective treatment and provides relief from that disabling sense of not being good enough.

In this essential self-help guide, you will learn:
– How clinical perfectionism manifests itself
– Effective coping strategies with invaluable guidance on how to avoid future relapse

Overcoming self-help guides use clinically-proven techniques to treat long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. Many guides in the Overcoming series are recommended under the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
PublisherLittle Brown Book Group
Number of pages430
ISBN (Electronic)9781472140555
ISBN (Print)9781472140562
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Perfectionism
  • self-esteem
  • unhealthy obsession
  • mental-health
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • CBT
  • treatment


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