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Better than Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo

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CHAPTER 3

The Price and Profits of Perfectionism

The smell of cigarettes hit my nose way before I met Andrew in the waiting room. When he’d called to set up an appointment the week before, he’d said he wanted our session to focus on smoking cessation.

Once Andrew was sitting in my office, I asked him, “So, what is good about smoking?”

“Good?” he asked, with an are-you-crazy? look on his face. “What do you mean ‘good’? Nothing is good about smoking. It causes lung cancer, it’s ridiculously expensive, and it stinks.”

While all of those statements are true, I knew there was something more. “So why do you smoke?” I asked.

“Because I am addicted,” Andrew replied.

“You told me on the phone last week that nicotine replacements have not worked in the ...

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