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The Cult of Perfection: Making Peace with Your Inner Overachiever Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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The Cult of Perfection offers practical advice on how to monitor and ease your stress, prioritize your time, build lasting self-esteem, and always feel in control. The goal: To be at peace with your inner overachiever. Psychology and relationship expert (and self-professed overachiever) Cooper Lawrence reveals the positive aspects of an overachieving lifestyle, and how to make it work for you so that you don’t lose touch with family and friends . . . and your own sanity.
This book explores how personality, upbringing, and life events lead to overachieving, and how this drive has an impact on your home and family life, friendships, health, state of mindand even your future.
Full of candid personal stories from fellow overachievers, The Cult of Perfection confirms that you are not alone in your quest for the best. Informative quizzes, tips, and to do” lists all provide empowering tools for effectively managing your busy lifestyle.
So set aside some time in your schedule, step off the treadmill, and learn how to delegate, balance your needs, set prioritiesand discover that you’re so much more than your achievements.
From the Back Cover
When you get an idea, do you act upon it immediately, not resting until you have
Do you always complete your work before the deadline?
Do you often feel overwhelmed?
Are you restless even on vacation?
If you answered yes” to the above questions, chances are you are an
overachiever. But don’t worryit’s not a dirty word. Join psychology expert and media personality (and self-professed overachiever) Cooper Lawrence as she details the upside of this way of life (whatever you set your mind to, you achieve) and the downside (the stress, anxiety, and self-doubt you sometimes experience). Most important, she provides the tools you need to make peace with your inner overachiever. Packed with practical exercises and real-life stories of overachieving women past and present, The Cult of Perfection helps you harness your incredible energy, focus, and determination, to bring joy and success to your life.
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Please don't contribute to the rash of pop psychology that promises quick fixes and delivers little or no results.
That's the best thing I can really say about this book.
Unfortunately, it seems like Ms.Lawrence really took some meaning from the title of her book; she not only made peace with her inner overachiever but forgot about it completely.
The best word I could use to summarize her work is this, lazy. It's as if she doesn't do any research on any of the topics that she brings up as factual. Instead she seems to have taken from other pseudo-psychology books on the topic that manage to get some coverage and shape what they said into something that is written in stone.
Any actual professional in the fields relevant to the material would have agree that she has no basis for any of her claims she presents as fact in her book.
On a side note, more as a review on the author than the book itself, she has no ethics what-so-ever. She recently went on TV to criticize something she had no experience with at all simply because it would grab her some air-time hoping to get her name and book out to the public. Besides the fact that her book is definitely undeserving of a purchase, I would never knowingly support anything this woman does knowing that she would use such underhanded and ridiculous methods of gaining some TV-time as blindly bashing random things that happen to be in the spotlight at the time.
To start off, the book is a simple rehash of ideas that have been and remain present in the psychology community. It provides little to no new insight on the subject. What is even worse is that the very little new insight that is provided is poorly backed, based on illogical and often false assumptions.
It seems as if the author did very little proper research in writing and developing the ideas presented in this book. Some ideas are taken from new studies and discussions, though the ideas are taken very selectively, omitting important background information that, in the wrong context, completely loses its original meaning. I think it goes without saying that the context in which the author puts these ideas in is, in fact, entirely wrong.
As such, I cannot say that I recommend this book, and I will soon be looking for another (better) book on the same subject. As stated in the title, save your time, money, and effort. It is better spent looking for another book, or even doing some research yourself.
And all of you that are interested in commenting on the reality of how bad this book is be warned: Amazon deleted over 400 posts earlier, and appears to delete all reviews that are not shining. Corporate policy? Maybe so, but that policy is a dangerous one and it is time people become aware of this company that rewrites what is supposed to be free, honest opinion.