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Be Happy without Being Perfect: How to Break Free from the Perfection Deceptionby Ph.D. Alice D. Domar
Synopses & Reviews
Do you have trouble going to bed at night when there’s a mess in the kitchen? Do you think you would be happier if only you could lose weight, be a better parent, work smarter, reduce stress, exercise more, and make better decisions?
You’re not perfect. But guess what? You don’t have to be.
All of us struggle with high expectations from time to time. But for many women, the worries can become debilitating–and often, we don’t even know we’re letting unrealistic expectations color our thinking. The good news is, we have the power to break free from the perfectionist trap–and internationally renowned health psychologist, Dr. Alice Domar can show you how.
Be Happy Without Being Perfect offers a way out of the self-imposed handcuffs that this thinking brings, providing concrete solutions, practical advice, and action plans that teach you how to:
• Assess your tendency toward perfectionism in all areas of your life
• Set realistic goals
• Alleviate the guilt and shame that perfectionism can trigger
• Manage your anxiety with clinically proven self-care strategies
• Get rid of the unrealistic and damaging expectations that are hurting you–for good!
Filled with the personal insights of more than fifty women, Be Happy Without Being Perfect is your key to a happier, calmer, and more enjoyable life.
A thought-provoking look at the problem of women who are overwhelming their lives in a quest to be the perfect everything, with a perfect body, life, and home, examines the repercussions of setting unrealistic expectations in terms of health and happiness and explains how to scale back demands, create realistic goals, alleviate guilt and shame, and regain the joy of life. 50,000 first printing.
About the Author
ALICE D. DOMAR, Ph.D., is executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Boston; director of mind/body services at Boston IVF; assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School; and senior psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She serves on the board of experts for LLuminari, a women’s health education company, and on the editorial advisory board for Parents and Health. She is the author of the national bestseller Self-Nurture, as well as Healing Mind, Healthy Woman and Conquering Infertility. Dr. Domar lives in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters.
ALICE LESCH KELLY is a freelance writer specializing in health and psychology. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Shape, Health, Reader’s Digest, Fit Pregnancy, and Woman’s Day.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the perfection deception — Quiz: how much of a perfectionist are you? — In a perfect world — Why can't I do everything right? — What was I thinking? — Taming the beast — Celebrate your beauty, not your flaws — Make peace with your dust bunnies — Find happiness at work — Find joy in relationships — Enjoy imperfect parenting — Stop agonizing over decisions — Conclusion: moving right ahead.
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