Perfectionism Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Reduce Anxiety and Get Things Done
|Author:||Ann Marie Dobosz|
Unhealthy perfectionism can result in low self-esteem, severe anxiety, and self-destructive behavior and teens are especially vulnerable.
Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this workbook will help you develop the self-compassion and mindfulness tools you need to counteract the negative effects of perfectionism and develop new, healthy skills for boosting your self-confidence.In our high-pressure society, it s easy to hold ourselves (and others) to impossibly high standards. And when we fail to meet those standards as we inevitably do we may become overly critical of ourselves, or lash out toward others. While perfectionism is often associated with positive traits, such as conscientiousness, ambition, and pride in good work, dysfunctional perfectionism is destructive and can lead to anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship problems, and a number of mental health concerns, like depression, procrastination, and self-harm.
With The Perfectionism Workbook for Teens, you ll gain a clear understanding of what perfectionism is and learn to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy perfectionism so you ll be better able to manage your own and others expectations. Using powerful tools drawn from cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies, you ll learn to identify your perfectionist thoughts, discover new ways of responding to your critical inner voice, and build the skills you need to combat negative behaviors based in perfectionism, like chronic procrastination.
If perfectionism is causing trouble in your life, the techniques and exercises in this book will help you develop non-perfectionist skills and habits, leading to reduced fear, anxiety, and shame, and increased self-compassion and confidence in getting things done and handling daily pressures.
'Chock-full of practical and useful exercises to reframe the perfectionistic outlook that keeps you from being your best true self at school, in friendships, and in life. I highly recommend this book to my clients, as well as parents, educators, and therapists.' --Christopher Willard, PsyD, author of Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety
Ann Marie Dobosz, MA, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco, CA, and the mental health specialist for ReachOut USA. She has been passionate about youth health and well-being from her days as an editor at Ms. Magazine, where she focused on issues affecting teens and young adults. In her current work as a mental health professional, she specializes in helping people of all ages change unhealthy perfectionist patterns.