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Better than Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo

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CHAPTER 5

P: Postmortem Your Past

IF YOUVE EVER watched CSI or any other crime-themed show, you’ll be familiar with the concept of a postmortem, a medical examination to determine someone’s cause of death. In essence, the medical examiner wants to answer the question, “Why did this happen?”

In this first step of living a Better Than Perfect life, that’s what we’re going to do too—but with no body parts involved! We want to see if we can determine how your “need” for perfectionism developed. Why do you have these perfectionist patterns that keep getting in your way? When did they start? Yes, it’s history, and as much as we’d like to sometimes, we can’t change what happened in the past. But there is something hugely important that we can change. ...

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