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Perfecting ourselves to death : the pursuit of excellence and the perils of perfectionism

Author: Richard Winter
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Perfect body. Perfect clothes. Perfect family. Perfect house. Perfect job. We strive for excellence in all areas of our life. And there's nothing wrong with a healthy, mature pursuit of excellence. But what is healthy and normal often becomes neurotic and abnormal, leading to debilitating thoughts and behaviors." "In Perfecting Ourselves to Death, author Richard Winter explores the positive and negative effects of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Winter
ISBN: 0830832599 9780830832590
OCLC Number: 57311300
Description: 203 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The seductive sirens of perfectionism --
The pursuit of excellence : healthy or unhealthy perfectionism? --
Types of perfectionism --
Depression, anger and eating disorders --
Worry, anxiety and obsessions --
The thought patterns of perfectionism --
Genes and temperament --
Shame and guilt --
Parental influences --
The pressures of culture and media --
Anal fixations and other weird and wonderful ideas --
Perfectionism and pride : the road to hell ... or heaven? --
Learning to live with imperfection : strategies for change --
The search for identity and purpose --
Toward maturity : the healthy pursuit of excellence and perfection --
Appendix: Perfectionism in history and religion.
Responsibility: Richard Winter.
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"Perfect body. Perfect clothes. Perfect family. Perfect house. Perfect job. We strive for excellence in all areas of our life. And there's nothing wrong with a healthy, mature pursuit of excellence. But what is healthy and normal often becomes neurotic and abnormal, leading to debilitating thoughts and behaviors." "In Perfecting Ourselves to Death, author Richard Winter explores the positive and negative effects of perfectionism on our lives. He looks at the seductive nature of perfectionism as it is reflected in today's media, examines the price and perils of perfectionism, and explores the roots of perfectionism, delving into what originally awakens this drive in us. After analyzing the negative feelings and defeatist behaviors that unhealthy perfectionism births, he provides practical strategies for how to change. " The important thing to see," writes Winter, "is that we are to strive to become better people, not just to be content with who we are or how we measure up to the standards of the culture around us." For Christians this means more like Christ in every area of our lives." "The "perfect" book for those who struggle with perfectionism and for those pastors, counselors and friends who want to understand and help perfectionists."--BOOK JACKET.

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